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Episode 186 - What You Focus on Expands
Episode 186 What You Focus on ExpandsThe Law of Perpetual TransmutationIf what you focus on expands let’s make damn sure we are focusing on things we want to expand. Do you want your waistline to expand? Do you want your bills to expand? Do you want your ornery neighbor to spend more time staring over your fence? Do you want the effects of COVID to have more power in your life?Nah….let’s think about things we do want. What do you think of focusing on the things you CAN do and not the things you CAN’T do? What do you think about focusing on your strengths rather than your weaknesses? How much more fun and productive is that? What do you think about imagining your ideal life, in all aspects, and putting it out there to expand and come into being?If I focus on my ability to throw a great party and giving people a space to connect in (a strength), rather than beating myself up over not being a great promoter personality (not a gift I possess)- well, one is productive and the other destructive. Let’s focus on things we want more of….because that’s how we get them.In 1847 Thomas Edison was born. He was easily distracted in school and he didn’t get good grades. Kids teased him and teachers called him “dim.” He was from a poor family growing up, so he would find ways to make money to buy supplies for his “lab.” He started a newspaper in his teens, the Weekly Herald, and he knew how to focus. Thomas Edison was known as - The Wizard of Menlo Park, and his inventions where called “Edison’s Miracles.” He could boast of over 1000 inventions. The phonograph, the electric lamp, the telegraph improvements, telephone work, batteries, to name only a few. How did he do it? As I studied Thomas Edison’s biography I think “focus” could be the word to best describe him. He was obsessed with his work and would sometimes work 100 hours a week. He didn’t sleep much, and while I don’t advise this, he left his wife on his wedding day to run to his lab and forgot to come back because of his focus on a project. Thomas Edison created a life story that was rich in creation, rich in money - he was a millionaire at age 40 - and rich in accomplishment. Now, he may not have had the best personal relationships because he didn’t focus on those. But he had the life he had because of what he focused on, because he never let that focus on his lab or creations waiver, even when he had failed repeatedly. We all know his quote, “Results? I’ve got a lot of results. I know 50,000 things that won’t work.”I share this as an easy example of focus. When we focus our time, our heart, our money, and our vision on a thing we can all move mountains. But it’s more than just hard work. Let’s talk about the Law of Perpetual Transmutation.- Law of Perpetual TransmutationAs 2020 launched I proclaimed that it was a year where I would study the laws of the universe. I focused on and got around to only one - it was the first one in Leslie Householder’s book Hidden Treasures. Much of what I’ll talk about regarding this law, aside from my personal experiences, come from the things she teaches. I highly recommend her work.What is the law of Perpetual Transmutation? In a nutshell, it simply means that everything is in the process of either coming into physical form or breaking down and going out of it. The premise behind this law is one of creation. We actively create with our thoughts all the time. The things we focus on with real intent, belief, and consistency start to manifest and show up in our lives.There should be a big label stamped on our brains - a big red warning sign. “Dangerous if used in correctly.” Because this works regarding good and bad. Let’s do a quick exercise -Look at your life right now. Whatever you have created - whatever you are dealing with - whatever you have, has been formed by your thoughts. You may not have brought all the circumstances into your life, but you have decided how to think about them and how much to let them bother or bolster you. If you look around and see lack and disappointment, let that be a sign that your thoughts get to shift to bring you something different. If you look around and feel gratitude, happiness with your relationships, contentment with the things you have, take full credit for that. You have created that also.Let me share an example - If your relationships are lacking, take an internal audit of what you focus on in those relationships. If things are bad with a significant other are you focusing on what they do wrong, on what they don’t bring to the table, on what they do that bothers you, on how you feel they fall short? If you do, justified as you may feel, those will be the things you see.Let’s pull in the car example - you know how it goes. The minute you buy a make and model of a certain car you will see them everywhere, where before you didn’t notice them nearly so much. If I buy a white Subaru I’m going to see white Subarus everywhere. My experience of them expands.If I’m focusing, say on my child, and I’m frustrated because her grades aren’t as good as her brothers, well that is going to expand. It’s going to become something that is always on your mind, something that begins to define her, something that takes root as a deficiency. If I choose to focus on the classes she is getting the best grades in and praise her, that will expand. If I focus on her strengths, she’ll feel loved and seek to expand those.Have you ever read the book, “As a Man Thinketh,” by James Allen? He died in 1912, it’s an older book, but a classic. Here is a quote from this small, easy read, “Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this – that man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.”So - let’s get back to the law. The Law of Perpetual Transmutation says that everything is in the process of coming into physical form or going out of it. The power of our thoughts is what starts the formation of something - all things are created spiritually before they are created physically, and our thoughts begin the process of matter taking form into spiritual creation so it can manifest physically. Just think - everything had to be thought of before it could be created. All things are made of a thinking substance - intelligence, that begins to form as we call it forth. When we know how to tap into this law and use it, we start learning to create intentionally.The power comes from three main things -1. You have to be able to very clearly see the finished goal/project/result.What does the problem look like solved?2. You must be able to pull in emotion - because emotion is the power that imprints things in our subconscious and supercharges those thoughts. So…What does the woman/man who has accomplished that feel like? Stay in that place and revel in those emotions.3. Your faith or fear is the lever that sends the energy forward or backward. Picture something manifesting from the ether, taking form in front of you, and each time you truly believe it is coming the thing becomes more solid. Each time you doubt it moves backward, becomes less tangible, more ethereal.When we feel fear remember the scripture, “Peace be Still. Be still and know that I am god.”Another favorite… “For God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7Russel M. Neilsen, prophet of the Latter Day Saint church, said, “If you really want a certain blessing, you’d better find out what the laws are that govern that blessing and then work on becoming obedient to those laws.” For us, it comes back to trust in the law, faith in things we can’t see. Trust that the way will show up. Trust the process. It is important that you make the commitment to reach the goal, to see it done. It is important that you move forward with faith. Let’s bring in a few scriptures that back-up this law…James 1:6 - Ask in faith nothing wavering.Matthew 21:22 And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Enos 1:15 - Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith believing that ye shall receive, in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it. Now let’s talk personal experience. Since I’ve worked on understanding this law better this year, of course I need to have tried it out. Here are a couple success stories:This year my son moved out and I turned his room into my office. I wanted to be thoughtful about placing only the minimum of what I needed, and the exact right stuff in the office because I didn’t want clutter or unsightly spaces with funky energy to throw off my work. I had everything finished but I still needed a couch or a chair to the space across from my desk. Should I buy it or should I try to manifest it? I went shopping, I got ideas, I waited to see what may turn up. I had pictured it, numerous times. I did have intent. But still I waited, just in case it might appear. Well, it did…..I found a couch. More accurately, a friend who knew I was looking for a coach texted from the storage facility where she worked and said, someone just cleaned out their unit and left a perfect brown leather couch for the taking. “If you don’t want it,” she threatened, “I’m totally taking it.” It turned out to be perfect for that little spot beneath my office window. It was exactly the right height, the right length, and the right color. Thank you, angels and fun universal law.I also think I manifested my first podcast editor. I was in a coaching group and we had set an intention for finding someone to pick up the slack in the areas I did not have competent skills. I imagined and prayed and the next day I was walking my dog when I ran into some beloved neighbors I hadn’t seen and talked to in some time, only to find out that he was the camera man for the BYU TV series StoryTrek, he was steeped in story, and he knew how to edit audio. This kicked off a partnership that I will forever be grateful for.And finally - 1. I set a big goal this past year as I was testing the law. It was a big financial goal. I’m not comfortable going into all the details around it, but here are some things I noticed. First, I followed all the steps of seeing it, feeling it, being grateful for it.I didn’t know how it would happen, but I put the wheels in motion….and as Leslie Householder says, “Stay Calm and see what happens.”As the year unfolded I took every work opportunity that came to me. I serviced more real estate clients in 2020 than I had in my previous 13 years as a Realtor. I got more professional writing jobs at higher pay rates than I’d ever been paid before. I said daily gratitudes, I worked hard, really hard.Here’s what I noticed. The first time, I think it was about June, that I put down a major chunk of change toward this goal. My willingness to put my skin in the game toward my goal escalated what the universe was bringing to me. I find this fascinating. I have no additional thoughts on it, just an observation that came up during my test of the law. We have to be behind our own dreams and willing to do our part.Another thing I noticed, unexpected things came up - not that they should have been unexpected, but in my case I hadn’t thought it all through. As I had calculated the amounts needed I had been looking at flat sums. I also needed to figure in taxes and tithing and keeping a base line, etc. etc. But I think this is par for all courses. There will always be unexpected aspects of what we manifest and we have to be open to how things will twist and turn along the way.So…. In a nutshell. I’ve watched things large and small expand as I focus. Try it.As I close out this episode let’s go over the steps of manifesting through the universal law of transmutation - Now, remember universal laws are laws. The law of gravity works whether you believe it will or not. It does what it does. So do all the other laws. The Law of Perpetual Transmutation will always work - things will either come into being or go out of being, according to your faith. Let’s review and I encourage you to do your own tests, if you’re interested.Step 1: Get a clear vision of what you want. Trust your instincts. Go all the way through the vision of what it feels like to have it done. Feel real gratitude for it.Step 2: Present it for approval, adjustment and direction to your higher power. The voice of inspiration will come only after you have a clear picture of what you seek and after you allow gratitude - true gratitude for what you received in enjoying that success. Just check in.Step 3: Adjust as inspired. What can I do? What do I need to leave to the universe?Step 4: Acknowledge the successful completion for with God as your partner all things are possible. Nourish the seed with belief and gratitude and all you need will come. - Do you notice how belief and gratitude are a part of every step?Step 5: Move forward each day. Stay in Belief. Our thoughts are powerful - they do things. Our thoughts do more than we realize. If you can picture what you want, and believe it’s on its way, by God’s law it must come. Keep discarding fear and nurturing belief. Keep that focus!In conclusion I’ll end with a Tony Robbins quote: “Your life is determined by what you focus on.”Truth is truth. Your challenge for this week is to think of something, large or small, that you’d really like to have in your life, and then apply the steps we talked about. Start small first, if you want.Here’s a quick ad: In January we launched the platform for group leaders to bring their groups to Love Your Story for the 21-Challenges. If you’re a leader who believes in self-improvement for your team, group or downline, and you need to create better connection with your people, let me help you - we are set up and ready to book your 21 days to connection and improved life performance. Go to www.loveyourstorypodcast.com for more information.See you in two weeks.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 185: A Story About Life on the Trail – Interview Barney “Scout” Mann
Episode 185: A Story About Life on the Trail - Interview Barney "Scout" MannWelcome back to the Love Your Story podcast. As you may or may not know I am an avid hiker. I am the author of two editions of The Best Hikes Near Salt Lake City, published by Falcon Guides. I’m the author of Wild Weekends in Utah, and The Best Snowshoe Trails of the Wasatch. Because of my love of being on the trails, in nature, I have harbored secret desires to hike the countries longest trails - the real crow jewels. They are so long though that it takes months to through hike them and it takes a special time - no job, extra money, .… In the end, of course, those are all excuses. A few years back I hopped on the Appalachian trail and hiked the northern section and climbed the tallest peak in Maine, Mt. Katahdin. - the northern terminus of the trail. I swam naked in a stream and remember being eaten alive by the worst mosquitoes I’ve ever experienced that night in camp. But I sure love that photo on the top Mt, Katahdin. Well, today we get a fabulous pleasure to hear stories from Barney - trail name Scout - Mann about the Pacific Crest Trail and his book Journeys North.Tune in for stories of the trail and what it’s like to hike thousands of miles. Barney Scout Mann is one of the rare individuals who have hiked America’s Triple Crown - The Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest trails. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these trails they are the longest trails in the country. The Pacific Crest Trail is 2650 miles long and covers 26 national forests, 7 national parks, 5 state parks and 3 national monuments. It takes 5 months at an average of 20 miles a day.The Appalachian Trail is 2180 miles and the Continental Divide Trail is 3100 miles.On top of that he and his wife Sandy have also hosted thousands of Pacific Crest Trail hopefuls in their San Diego home as they get ready to hit the trail.You may be familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail from the popular book and movie Wild - From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed.I can’t tell you how many questions I have about those trails, but I think what’s going to be most interesting is the stories.Let me tell you a little bit more about Scout -Barney Scout Mann is also the author of the book Journey’s North - the Pacific Crest Trail, and it’s said it is the next best thing to being on the PCT yourself. In this book he follows a selection of hikers that he and his wife got close to along the trail and tells their story. Let me read this review - “Few things are more innately human, rooted deeply in our shared history, than storytelling and traversing land masses on foot. In Journeys North, master story teller Barney Scout Mann invites us to gather around his campfire as he weaves the narrative of ordinary people hiking thousands of miles across desert and mountains. The unfolding of their stories against eh backdrop of nature at her most sublime, and her most fierce, reveals their primal humanness in powerful relief. Their interactions, with nature and with each other, prove that we are more connected and wildly capable than we believe.Tune into the audio program to hear my interview with Scout.Where to find a copy of Journey's NorthOrder Journeys North on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Journeys-North-Pacific-Crest-Trail/dp/1680513214/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Journeys+North&qid=1607558123&sr=8-1or order a copy signed by the author from his website: http://www.barneyscoutmann.com No matter your journey or story line, one of the things you will always find is that the supporting characters in your story and on your journey provide the most meaningful spaces of stretching, loving, learning, enjoyment and growth. While Journeys North focuses on a cast of real characters making their way north together on the Pacific Crest trail, the thing that stands out are the moments someone provides a free bed, a warm meal, a hand up, a listening ear. This week see how often you can provide something positive to the people you cross paths with. And have fun on your life journey, wherever it is taking you. Thanks for being here today. Closing reminder - get your copy of LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday and start the 21 challenges that will bring possibility, connection - in a time we so badly need it - and self care into your life. It’s available on Amazon. And if you have family or groups you can do the challenges with, it’s even more fun.Live Your Best Life Story on purpose. See you in two weeks.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 184: Accept and Nurture Your Awesome
Episode 184: Accept and Nurture Your AwesomeNo matter who you are, or where you came from, you are a beautiful miracle full of talents, ideas, light and potential.There are a lot of messy things in the process of living that can make us feel unworthy, that easily create spaces of not-good-enough. One thing I know for sure is that those stories - those voices are NOT true. No matter who you are.I’ve watched some of the most incredible people on the planet struggle with feelings of not being good enough, as I look on wondering how they could possibly even consider the idea that they weren’t incredible. If you’re one of those who feels unworthy in any way - because you were abused or unloved, because God didn’t answer your prayers, because some broken person or people told you you weren’t good enough, because you were the 7th grader that got shoved in the locker, because you didn’t get straight A’s, because you didn’t get the job, because you are ill and can’t do the things you wish you could do, because you have an addiction you’re fighting, because you have stories in your own mind - your own voice telling you and reinforcing that you are not okay, not enough. It doesn’t matter where the stories come from, there isn’t one of them that is true. Stay tuned today because I’m sharing 4 life coaches to help you let go of things you need to let go of, recognize things you can’t see in yourself, and help propel you forward into your best life story. The first step IS to accept this idea that you are a beautiful miracle, full of talents, ideas, light and potential.. To hold onto it - even if you can’t believe it right now. There is no one here that isn’t good enough to be here. We were created by God, and that means we are good enough, worthy enough, and incredible. What you do from here - with all you’ve been given, is just the fun part. And yes, the messy part is inevitable, but once we start accepting ourselves fully we’ll also be able to watch how our stories shift.Am I oversimplifying? Not regarding our value, but long held beliefs of unworthiness, of not-enough, are often not shaken easily. Just let the idea sit with you. One minute at a time. Start to make a place for it. If you are one of us that has past wounds that are contributing to that unworthy/not-good-enough feeling, the work before you right now, is to first heal those wounds.As Oprah pointed out, “The healing of our past wounds is one of the most worthwhile challenges of life.” The good news is that it’s no one else’s responsibility to fix it, but our own. This gives us control and power, because we each get to be responsible for our own lives. “Buuuttttt…” you say, “what about when my ex-husband gave me an STD? What about when I lost my job? What about….”Yes, sometimes other people use their agency to cause us pain and difficulty, but we ALWAYS have the choice of what we do with what other people shove at us. We can become bitter and cynical, or we can find learning and keep the joy.As Viktor Frankl said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”Let’s start out this new year on the right foot - with the complete acceptance that we are worthy, fabulous, colorful, and messy and that’s just perfect. But, what do you do if you’re not fully buying into that? If you want a little help in remembering who you are?In today’s episode I’m going to introduce you to 5 different life coaches, and you can see if one of them speaks your language. One of the difficulties I have with choosing my coaches is that I hate to waste money on someone I’m not going to connect with, and it’s always hard to know. Everyone I’m having on the show today I have worked with in one way or another and I can vouch for them. I’ll let you hear a little from them about what they do and you can see if someone strikes your fancy.Listen to the episode to hear each coach discuss their services.Contact Information for the coaches:Emily LeeEmail: email@example.comWebsite: physiologyoffaith.com/coachingText: 801-920-6191Lara JohnsonE: firstname.lastname@example.orgW: larajohnsoncoaching.comIG: @lara.t.johnsonRebecca ThalmanVisionaryreframe.com435-535-1071Natalie Kristine Burragewww.natalieburrage.comIG: natalie_burrageYT: https://www.youtube.com/user/lss7773Email: email@example.com Five TipsWhat we focus on expands - focus on the things you love about yourself and living.Let go of the past. All you have is the present in which to embrace living.When a negative story about you pops up follow it backward to see where it comes from. Often this is the easiest way to debunk it. List the things you are grateful for everyday - that gratitude is powerful in changing your energy and what you attract.When experiences come up that make you face your weak spots, know that this is life giving you a chance to leave the past behind. It’s a chance to bring it front and center and deal with it so you can let it go. Choosing instead to embrace your magic self. My hope is that you already are aligned with your awesome intrinsic value. But, if you’re feeling like you need support, I hope one of those coaches peaked your interest. And if you’re not considering the support and guidance of a coach, maybe one of the 5 tips struck a cord and you can focus on that this week.Your challenge is to take one small step forward into supporting your awesome self and accepting your own magic.My call to action today is to let you know that GROUPS are the big things for 2021. With Covid keeping so many of us separate we are finding exceptional connection in facilitating a group platform for people who have a group they would like to do the 21 Challenges with. Go to loveyourstorypodcast.com and sign up for more information and I’ll work personally with you to get your group rocking and rolling on a group platform to do the challenges together. We’ll create connection in this disconnected world, better lives that make us happier, and we’ll do it in a supportive and accountable platform that makes the journey all the richer. See you in two weeks for the next episode.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 183: The Best of 2020
The Best of 2020As 2020 comes to an end, many of us won’t be sad to see it end. Many will be hoping that a new year will be bringing a clean, safe, healthy slate, a hope for better things than we’ve seen. If that wasn’t just the craziest year to-date. We’ve had intense social unrest resulting in riots with serious injuries and massive property damage; we’ve had the circus we call elections, COVID, of course, which meant quarantines, higher than normal death tolls, and life as we know it cancelled. We’ve had fires and earthquakes, mask shaming and job loss.And we can look at it that way, but as in all things, our realities are the stories we tell ourselves about the things going on around us. We also have the choice to focus on the positive things that came from the past year. More time with family, more time in nature, focus on our homes and personal spaces, opportunities abounded. Personally I’ve had my best year ever in real estate. It was a great abundant year. While I missed my usual social calendar it’s been a different and interesting experience to slow down without the same expectation of social interaction - even if that expectation is always just created by me. It was fun to get to say no to things and have an awesome excuse. I’ve enjoyed the things I’ve gotten done on my home and property because of the quarantine. I’ve sent more cards by snail mail to connect, and I’ve said gratitudes every morning and relied on faith rather than fear. I’ve tried to learn from my mistakes - my food storage may not have been all it should have been, but after the pandemic shutdown I was able to improve it. The podcast has continued on inspiring me and others with the wonderful interviews and ideas we share here.As I look back on the 2020 podcast episodes I’ve shared, I notice a theme. The stories that have been shared are illustrations of real people doing really hard things in difficult circumstances, and coming out better and stronger on the other side of that struggle. They are stories to inspire us and show us what it looks like to stand tall when the going gets really rough. If it’s been a tough year for you, fill up on these inspirational stories that show how people make their way through tough things only to come out with massive growth on the other side. That’s a message we’ve needed this year. Stay tuned for the Best of 2020 - the top 5 downloaded episodes. The thing I love about a “Best Of” episode is that you get little quips - reminders - from the best stories. By listening to this one episode you’ll walk away with brilliant insights from 5 others, and maybe your interest will be peaked enough to go back and listen to the full story from the past episode, so you can get all the insight and brilliance of the vulnerable and triumphant tales each guest has shared.Let’s get started…I love every episode I put together for the show. I don’t ever publish a story or idea that I’m not proud of. So, I could feature every episode this year in the best of - haha, but I’ve decided to pull the top 5 episodes with the most downloads for the year. And, here they are….Number 5 - In Episode 162: I interviewed Jeff Meyer from The Mental Edge and he talked to us about How to Perform at our Highest Levels. We all do something - are you a parent, a lawyer, an actress, a podcaster, a soccer player? Whatever it is you do, staying in a space of peak performance is the surest way to find success in being your best YOU and creating your best story. This topic was something we could all use this year as we needed and wanted to stay sharp despite working from home, or learning to juggle kids schooling at home. I’m not surprised this one was a hit. Here’s just a clip of our discussion about how being present is so important to creating real connection and performing at our highest levels as leaders and parents: Tune into the audio recording for that clip.Number 4 - Episode 158 I interviewed Kristen Ulmer and our relationship to fear.Now, Kristen Ulmer is a thought leader on fear and anxiety who draws from her tenure as the most fearless woman extreme skier in the world for 12 years. I think this episode did so well because we are all trying to figure out how to navigate our fears. In 2020 there was a lot of possible fear, so this episode was embraced. Kristen is the author of: The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead, she’s known for radially challenges existing norms about what to do about fear and anxiety.Here’s a clip from our conversation about how fear needs to be acknowledged in order to he healthy.Tune into the audio program to hear the clip or go to the whole episode to find out what to do instead of locking the “kids” in the basement. Number 3 Episode 157 - Our 2020 New Year’s Episode was titled - What if Nothing Is Wrong with You?I had mixed emotions about this episode being so popular. On the one hand I was thrilled that people were connecting with the show and that I hit a spot people needed to hear - I loved that. On the other I felt sad that so many of us truly think there are things wrong with us - so much so that an episode that shared the new and crazy idea that we might not be broken was something people clamored to. But I have to admit I loved this idea because of the spaces I feel broken in. It is just a universal space we all traverse - learning to fully embrace our beauty.Above all, I hope the ideas helped people accept themselves. What if nothing was wrong with you? How would that settle into your heart?This episode on self love, self acceptance, and the novel idea that we are acceptable here and now, just as we are. In fact we are more than acceptable – we are beloved and filled with magic, was one of the year’s favorites.Tune into the podcast for that clip. Number 2 Episode164 - I interviewed Tyson Steel about his 23 day Alaskan survival wilderness story in the lowlands south of Denali National Park, in below freezing temperatures after his home burnt to the ground. The fire killed his best friend– a lab who had been with him through thick and thin, and he spent the next 3 weeks alone in the Alaskan wilderness trying to survive. Let’s share again a bit of his story.Tune into the podcast to hear his clip.This interview took place very soon after the tragedy and Tyson had just returned to the states from Alaska. He hadn’t had time to process everything yet and was still in the beginning phases of sorting through what happened. His story is tragic, touching, and unnerving all at once.Update: Tyson has since returned to his homestead to rebuild, and as you listen to the whole episode you’ll learn more about what that homestead is like.Drum Roll…..Our Number 1 most downloaded episode for 2020 was episode 160 - my interview with Jo Marie Taylor and how being held hostage in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion in 1990 challenged the entire way she thought about life. I love that this is our number 1 show, because it’s really the number 1 message for 2020. If there was one message that would help and bless us all through that list of things that went wrong in 2020, this message is the one that smooths them all over. We need to accept one another. We need to open our minds and hearts. We need to allow for different ways of thinking and still give personal respect to another’s right to believe as they will. The examples shown in her story - in the full episode - of people risking their lives to help one another, shows the human spirit at it’s most valiant.May we take this beautiful lesson with us into 2021 and let’s see what kind of magic we can make in the coming year.A special thank you to all my loyal listeners and interviewees on the show who make this a place of sharing, learning, and growth. Blessings on all of you.As we close up 2020, I hope you have got your copy - the tool I have provided for all seekers of a more connected live with greater possibility - of LIFE Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday - the 21 Life Connection Challenges. If you haven’t you can get your on Amazon! It will be a great program to start out the new year with! 21 Challenges for creating a life with more connection, more possibility, and more self care. We could all use that. Support the podcast and yourself and get your copy.Have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you in 2021.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 182: Miracles Abound – Interview Richard Paul Evans
Episode 182:Miracles Abound- Interview Richard Paul Evans and Christmas Box International Direcor, Celeste EdmundsWelcome to the Love Your Story podcast. Today is our Christmas episode, and since Christmas is a season of love, of miracles, of family, of wintery fun and of treats. Well, I have a treat for you. Today Richard Paul Evans, author of the Christmas Box and 40 consecutive NYT Bestsellers, that always seem to come out around Christmas time, and Celeste Edmunds the Exec. Director of Christmas Box International are here to share a little of all of that - miracles, stories of family and children, gifts and all good things to set the scene for Christmas.On top of that, The Noel Letters, Richard’s new book is out for Christmas and we’re going to hear about that as well, so stay turned.To start, you have to know who these folks areWhen Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. The story was written as an expression of love for his then two young daughters. - It was a Chrsitmas gift he self published and handed out to family and friends.Three years later, this quiet, simple story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. Six of Evans’s books have been produced into television movies. There are currently more than 24 million copies of his books in print.As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show, Glenn Beck, CNN and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle - we’re thrilled to have him here on the Love Your Story podcast.Evans has won numerous awards, made the big bucks, and used that money to do really good things in the world. One of which is that during the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. To date, more than 125,000 children have been served by Christmas Box House facilities.That is where Celeste comes in. Celeste is his Executive Director of Christmas Box International.This is kind of fun - almost 2 decades ago Celeste was Richard’s personal assistant. She was at his side fighting the good fight back when Christmas Box International was just a dream. Now, she’s the executive director of this international shelter. She is an exceptional advocate because she was a former foster child herself. It’s a bit like a fairytale.So, with no further ado…. Welcome Richard and Celeste.I want to first start with stories….Richard - I just finished reading the Miracle of the Christmas Box, which for those of you who don’t know, it is a book that tells the story of all the miracles involved during the journey of the Christmas Box making its way into the world. It’s an inspiring and amazing book just to hear of that journey, and I wanted to read a little excerpt from that book…It’s on page 224 and you have just spoken to a group and someone approaches you…Tune into the audio program to hear the details of that reading, and to hear about Richard's experiences with writing the new book, why Christmas Box International was started, and to hear the tale of a LOT of miracles. NEW BOOK"The Noel Letters" is about an editor for a major New York publishing house who returns to her childhood home in Salt Lake City to see her estranged, dying father. What she believed would be a brief visit turns into something more as she inherits the bookstore her father fought to keep alive. Reeling from loneliness, a recent divorce, and unanticipated upheavals in her world, Noel begins receiving letters from an anonymous source, each one containing thoughts and lessons about her life and her future. She begins to reacquaint herself with the bookstore and the people she left behind, and in doing so, starts to unravel the reality of her painful childhood and the truth about her family. As the holidays draw near, she receives a Christmastime revelation that changes not only how she sees the past but also how she views her future.To connect with the Christmas Box International on social media:IG: thechristmasbox_intl,FB: @TheChristmasBoxInternationalYou can find Richard's books in all book stores.The story of Richard Paul Evans and the miracles that surrounded his book, the healing, the momentum toward even more miracles with the children being cared for from the Christmas Box International, the Christmas Angels that have been placed around the country where parents go for healing, it’s truly a true story that leaves one in awe…it is a miracle that has created other miracles and the ripple effects go on. As we move into the last part of the holiday season I encourage you to look for the miracles and the magic in your own life. To notice with gratitude the moments of intuition and serendipity that lead you to beautiful things. I believe in miracles. Today’s show has been a peek at real life miracles. Surround yourself with light, love, healing, and miracles as often as you can, and try to create those for others. That’s what Christmas is all about. The birth of Christ - who is love, who is the doer of miracles.Have a beautiful holiday everyone, and join me in two weeks for the Best of 2020 and the unveiling of the top 5 downloaded Love Your Story shows/episodes for the past year.Don’t forget to get your copy of LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday - the 21 Life Connection Challenges. In 2021 I’m starting a new opportunity for groups to sign on and complete the challenges together for added momentum, accountability, and fun. Go to loveyourstorypodcast.com to get more information and to sign up your group. I’ll contact you personally as we get your group - women’s group, youth group, book club, church group, work group, started on the challenges for creating more connection, self-care, and possibility in your life story.
20 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 181 Challenge #7 - Pick ONE Thing for You.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 180: Hearts of the Fathers – Interview Sheldon Lawrence
Episode 180: Hearts of the Fathers - Interview Sheldon LawrenceFleeing from a deadly head-on collision, a man descends into a hellish realm to hide from Heaven’s beconing light. God can rescue him from the darkness, but escaping Hell is only the beginning. The greatest test comes as he confronts his broken relationships and sees himself and others in truth.Stay tune for this week’s episode of the LYS podcast and Week 2 of story time.It’s the season of gratitude and holiday prep. To aid in your holiday prep I am sharing with you, in each November episode, a book I think shares an important message - and maybe will make your gift giving experience easier and more fun. Last week was Six and Spider Jungle, a kid’s book about accepting everyone with all their wonderful differences, and this week we get a little more serious as the author of Hearts of the Fathers, Sheldon Lawrence, joins me for a preview of his book. Stay tuned and see if you get what so many have gotten out of this book….a changed desire to really live and a greater trust in God’s love.LYS QuipInspired by the research of hundreds of near-death experiences, this book has transformed the way I view potential spiritual growth in a universe grounded in God’s love. Sheldon has put into fictional form - often the funnest form of reading - a possible look at what life after death might entail. The first time I ready this book I loved it because it aligned with my strong, personal belief that we will continue to grow and learn and progress after this life. It also really illustrated how the energy - good or bad - that we create here and now, travels with us as we leave this world. I’m excited to share this book with you because it’s going to give you some serious food for thought.Sheldon Lawrence teaches writing at BYU-Idaho. His award winning personal essays have appeared in various journals and magazines. He earned a PhD in English at Idaho State University where he specialize in the study of spiritual autobiography. He lives with his wife and 4 children in Rexburg, ID. He is the author of the spiritual novel, Hearts of the Fathers and today he is here to talk to us about it. Tune into the audio program to hear the interview with Sheldon.Get a copy of the book on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Fathers-story-Heaven-after-ebook/dp/B01IYJMR7W/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Hearts+of+the+Fathers&qid=1601482891&sr=8-3As we wrap up November I’ve given you 3 great ideas for holiday gift books: Of course there is the 21-Day Challenges in the book LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday. I recommend getting that for everyone you love and then doing the challenges together as a way to build and bond with family and friends. It’s available on Amazon.https://www.amazon.com/L-I-F-Intentional-Fearless-Connection-Challenges/dp/1793127328There is Six and Spider Jungle by Jef Olsen that we previewed in last week’s episode - a wonderful story for the children on your list - and he’ll send you a free download link if you email him. Get his email in the show notes on loveyourstorypodcast.comAnd today’s book - Hearts of the Fathers. Something for everyone!Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May you create a Thanksgiving story full of magic and happy moments. Remember to count your blessings everyday. It’s the key to abundant living.See you in a couple weeks on the next episode of the LYS podcast.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 179: Six in Spider Jungle – Interview Jef Olsen
Episode 179: Six in Spider Jungle - Interview Jef Olsen It’s November and we are all starting to look for ideas for holiday gifts. Well, my two November episodes are going to provide you with some wonderful story gift ideas. Each episode will be a discussion with an author about a story book that may be just the thing you need. You’ll have to listen in and see, each week will be a very different type of book. This week I’ll start out with a quote from Maya Angelou, she said, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”Maya’s words of wisdom starts out this episode perfectly, because today you get to hear a story about a spider named Rex who had 6 legs instead of 8. Read by the author Jef Olsen, this new book is a reminder that being yourself puts something wonderful into the world that wasn’t there before. Tune into the audio program for a little story time, and a way to get a free digital copy for yourself or someone on your gift list. Jef Olsen (that’s with 1 f) is an introvert who is occasionally happy to attend a gathering. He says he lived a very happy and stress free youth because when something was too difficult, he simply did not do it. He avoided the hard stuff. A lover of history, be got a BA in History from the University of Utah, then realized he needed money to pay the bills, so he went to law school. Currently he works as the senior in-house legal counsel for a vehicle service contract company, is married to a super human wife, and is the father of 6 children that he travels the world with. He’s a fan of Marvel comics, Star Wars and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.Jef wrote this book, but he feels like he wrote it down as the ideas came to him, rather than made it up. Rex the spider is named after his first best friend. Jef says, “I like the idea of acceptance and appreciation. It costs nothing to be kind.” This book for me was simply that people are different and that we should look at acceptance instead of rejection of others that seem or look different.I was thinking that an illustrated copy of this book might make a great Christmas gift. We’ll hope that Jef and Kate have copies ready for the holidays. You can reach him at his email to check up on that. Jef Olsen: firstname.lastname@example.org Angelina Jolie shared a peak into her childhood, “I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told I was different. And I felt out of place and too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something – something I hope you all realize. Different is good. When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud.”The best stories are created with interesting characters. Be who you are, and be good at it. Love your own colors and share them. To love your story, you cannot dislike your main character - YOU. As we sign off today I want to ask you to hop on iTunes and leave a review for the podcast. If you’ll do this, then email me your address and I’ll send you a Love Your Story podcast sticker. Thanks for being all the wonderful that you are. I’ll see you in two weeks on the next episode.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 178: Ghost Story Call-Ins
Episode 178: Ghost StoriesWelcome to the Love Your Story podcast, it’s our Halloween 2020 episode. Have you ever seen a ghost? Experienced energy from the unseen? Felt something you couldn’t see or had doors slam for no reason?The world is full of ghost stories. For Halloween I opened up the phone lines to have people call in and share their own ghost stories. Stay tuned for the call ins and get a little ghost story thrill to prepare you for Halloween….I’ll start our spooky episode with this quote from George Q. Cannon - "There are places....where the influence or the presence of invisible spirits are very perceptibly felt...and that...evil influences or spirits...affect (us)..... I have come to the conclusion that if our eyes were open to see the spirit world around us, we should feel differently on the subject than we do; we would not be so unguarded and careless and so indifferent whether we had the spirit and power of God with us or not; but we would be continually watchful and prayerful to our Heavenly Father for his Holy Spirit and his holy angels to be around us....With that warning in mind, let’s listen to the call ins:Listen to the audio to hear the call-in ghost stories.Our time is already up, but those stories should get the holiday “spirit” flowing. I’ll be honest, I’m a little more freaked out than I was before I heard the stories, but all I can say is, “May the Halloween spirit be with you and may it be a friendly one.”Join us in a few weeks for our November episodes which will highlight some great story gift ideas for the upcoming gift-giving season. Our first November episode will be a discussion with the author of Six and Spider Jungle, for the younger kids on your list ,and a lesson in how our differences make us stronger. You’ll also get a free download, so listen in.See you in two weeks, and Happy Halloween.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 177: Dealing with Anger – Interview Lara Johnson
Episode 177: Dealing with Anger - Interview Lara JohnsonWelcome back to the Love Your Story podcast. Today we are talking about ANGER and how to deal with it. Anger, like all the “negative” emotions we feel, is often something we feel like we have to suppress in order to be a “good” person. But what happens when we suppress our feelings rather than allow and experience them? I’m not advocating for zero self-control, rather I want to explore with you a real life story that can show us what suppressed anger can do to us and how acceptance and allowance of our emotions helps us heal.Today my guest is Lara Johnson. After being molested as a child Lara was angry. Anger became her constant companion, but also her shackles. Giving herself permission to BE angry changed her life and allowed her to move on once and for all.Stay tuned to hear her story and to talk to this now certified life coach as she helps us with tips and understanding for dealing with our own emotions.Tune in to the audio program to hear Lara's interview.Thick That Hang said, in The Heart of the Buddhas’s teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation, “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.” and, Mark Twain said, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” All our emotions, the ones we label “good” and “bad,” are perhaps all here to teach us love. In this case the idea of self-love being key - giving ourselves permission to feel what we feel and love ourselves through those emotions we label as “negative” or “bad.” When the key to healing is allowing space for us to feel our way through the experience without judgement of ourselves, we can move more smoothly forward through our lives. We propel ourselves forward through the experiences that feel like road blocks. So much easier said than done, especially because this allowing may be in direct conflict with how you’ve been trained - not to allow a place for “bad” emotions. But today’s discussion is a beam of light on how we make it through with love and grace.Your challenge this week is to choose a powerful emotion you are feeling - something WILL come up this week, and instead of fighting it off or feeling bad for feeling it, practice sitting with it and just letting it be with you for a bit, without judgement. Ask it how long it needs to stay and notice what it may be protecting you from. Some of these insights will give you the clarity to accept with love.Thanks for being here today. Don’t forget you can get your copy of LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday - the 21 LIFE connection challenges on Amazon - start the 21 Challenges to create more self-care, more connection and more possibility in your own life or give it as a gift and help someone else create these wonderful things in their life.Would sure appreciate a review of the podcast, on whatever platform you listen. Those reviews help me know my work with stories is reaching and helping.Have a great week creating your best life story.
17 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 176: Challenge #6 - The Love Bomb
19 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 175: 7 Tips from 7 Influencers
Episode 175: 7 Tips from 7 InfluencersNear the end of 2019 a group of influencers met for lunch. Their purpose was for each to come to understand better the good that the others were trying to do in the world and to see how they might support each another and help each other along their individual paths. At the end of that 4-hour lunch and cram session I asked each to share with me/my audience one piece of advice that they felt, from their experience, was most important - the piece of advice they wanted to leave for the world, and we proceeded to think, laugh, and share our way around the circle.Stay tuned for these 7 tips on living well, from 7 people who aren’t just thinking about making a mark on the world, but are actually doing it. In Oprah’s book, What I Know for Sure, she says, “I live in the space of thankfulness - and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased, That’s because—for sure — what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.”I want to start out this episode acknowledging a gratefulness for these wonderful people and all the other wonderful people in the world trying to create good, do good, and make the world better, just because they can. THANK YOU.I also think that my advice, if I toss mine into this pot, involves this very topic. To create your best life story is to stay grateful. Gratitude reminds you you are supported by something bigger than yourself. Gratitude releases chemicals that make you happy, Gratitude helps you focus on the good in your life, and that brings more goodness and magic, and greater abundance. Gratitude is the key living well, in so many ways. Gratitude is a foundational tool to creating a life story that feels like it’s full of magic.Now here’s 7 more tips….Listen in to our conversation and excuse the background sounds of doorbells, background laughing and the occasional door closing. Jennifer Anderson - Listen and Act on Inspiration - just take the first step.Rachel Reist - Be present. Be here now, not longing for something past or future. Ashley Stuart- Reassess and reverse your relationship with stuff. Connect with your life style and your people and the way you want to live and then proactively bring in only what you need.Andy Proctor. - The happiness guru - I you feel like your stuck ask yourself if you’re trying to live a past dream that no longer serves you.Lindsay Kjar - Mixed Faith Marriage Coaching: Meet your own needs. Know what your desires, hope and dreams are and then figuring out how you can meet those needs on your own so you aren’t waiting for someone else to create your happiness.Mel Miller - Know that all the pieces/things you need in your life will show up. If you need to make something happen there IS a person in your life that can help you do what you need to do. Just show up with your vision and things will appear.Rachel Von neiderhausern - Remember the power of 1. Each small act/choice to help others will ripple out. Thanks for tuning in this week. This week’s challenge is to choose the piece of advise that really stood out to you, and consider how you are living it in your life. I know at least one of these suggestions probably grabbed your attention and made your mind wander into your own thoughts. Grab that piece and take two steps - 1. Think on it and why it caught your attention. 2. Act on it. What doe your gut tell you you need to do with that piece of advice.A couple announcements - in 2020 I started a new section of Love Your Story called Tell Your Story. If you are interested in collecting your story in audio format for posterity, or if you have a family member or friend that you would like privately interviewed to collect their story, contact me at email@example.com with Tell Your Story in the subject line. For more information on it you can go to loveyourstorypodcast.com and click on tools and Tell Your Story. You can also still get links to get your copy of LIFE Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday - the 21 Life Connection Challenges.Share the love people! Have a wonderful week.
16 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 174: Challenge #5 – Giving the Benefit of the Doubt
Episode 174: Challenge #5 - Giving the Benefit of the DoubtWelcome Listeners to the Love Your Story podcast. Today’s episode is a part of a series where I am going into more detail on each of the challenges in my book - LIFE - which stands for: Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday, the 21 Life Connection Challenges - today is all about Challenge #5 - Give someone the benefit of the doubt.Just a quick recap - In episode 12 and 89 I went into some wonderful detail about the process of doing Random Acts of Kindness, which is Challenge # 1 in the 21 Life Connection Challenges.In episode 163 I went into detail with Ashley Stuart, a de-clutter expert, and we talked about why challenge #2 - to get rid of 1 thing you no longer need - is so much more important than this simple act seems on the surface. In episode 169 I tackled an in-depth on challenge #3 where we looked at what it really means and looks like to find the lesson in something that doesn’t go your way. Again, great stuff with expert Leslie Householder on finding the gratitude and lesson in our trials or disappointments.In episode episode 171 we got into detail about why Challenge #4 - a life hack I call “Success-file” is so important to living happy.And today we are on Challenge #5 - which is - Giving people the benefit of the doubt and how that becomes relationship changing. The recaps of these challenges is about getting into more detail about why the challenge was included in the book, to hear what experts have to say about the topic, and to see what it looks like in real life.These 21 Challenges are not just a random bunch of challenges I threw together. They have been chosen for specific reasons, and the shifts they cause in every day lives just by using them. That’s what these episodes are about - is delving into why each challenge is important.So let’s talk about the challenge of giving someone the benefit of the doubt. —challenge #5.Giving someone the benefit of the doubt may be easier than it sounds. But first let’s talk about what it is:The Urban Dictionary says, To give someone the benefit of the doubt is to default to the belief that their intentions are honest, and not assume malice when there is uncertainty or doubt surrounding the circumstances.Or, in other words, to believe something good about someone, rather than something bad, when you have the possibility of doing either. The reason this challenge is included is because this small decision will make a huge difference in your relationships, and the challenges are to help you create connection in your life.Benefit of the doubt example:John didn't pay me back the $20 he owes me, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he simply forgot and isn't trying to rip me off.Jill is late, but there must be a good reason and it’s not just because she doesn’t respect my time.My spouse hasn’t done what they agreed to do, but before getting upset I’ll talk to them about it - something probably got in the way.Let’s talk about doing it ….giving the benefit of the doubt?When someone does or says something that irritates you, feels unfair, or feels like a betrayal, giving the benefit of the doubt means that you consciously change the way you are interpreting the situation and the story you are building around it, and instead find a way to give that person the benefit of the doubt that they did not mean offense, that they are doing the best they can, that there is part of the story you don’t understand, or consider that there may be a misunderstanding.People rub up against each other (metaphorically speaking) all the time; it’s what we do. There are rubs and irritants, and miscommunications every day. But if everyone gave each other the benefit of the doubt that they meant well, or that they are doing the best they can in their current state of understanding, I suspect life would generate a whole lot less friction and we would instead create grace for others. I know I am always grateful when people afford me a little grace and create stories that are generous and kind rather than being quick to take offense. I never mean to be offensive but sometimes I most certainly am, and I appreciate it when a friend or person is mature enough not to jump to conclusions or offense.It is human nature to want to make sense of things we see and hear, so we try to fill in the details. This is where we get power - Instead of filling the stories with negative beliefs, fill other people’s stories with compassion. The person with the scowl is not angry with you; rather, they are having a bad day and could use a smile.The guy riding your bumper in traffic might really have an emergency he needs to speed to, he’s not just being a jerk.By choosing to fill stories with kindness rather than negativity, this obviously changes our interactions with others because if we go in having filled in negative details or taken things at face value we’ll be ready to fight or confront. But, if we fill their stories with compassion, we will begin our interactions with kindness. And this one choice changes everything.The main reason we we strive to give the benefit of the doubt, which I know first-hand, is when we do it saves our relationships. For me, it saves how I feel about the people in my life.Years ago I was just starting to go out with a guy that I had known from high school. He was the heart throb back then and a big catch, but he was a hard one to get to know. Well….One of my friends who had known him was supposed to be putting in a good word for me - in fabulous Jr. high style, even though we were adults, but every time I spoke with her about if she’d had the conversation with him, she just put me off. I was really hurt by her lack of support because we had been good friends since high school and I had supported her with many such things, and I couldn’t figure out why she would tell me one thing and then act differently - act like she was on board and then not follow through. I felt a sense of betrayal, if I’m honest. I felt like she was letting me down when I felt like she could really help out and it didn’t seem like it would be much skin off her back - a simple thing. After a few weeks of this I realized my feelings toward her were really changing. I wasn’t feeling like she was a good friend. I wasn’t feeling like I could trust her to have my back. It was a real cross-roads moment. I recognized that if I did not come up with a way to give her the benefit of the doubt that I would be forfeiting this friendship. So I made the choice…I made the conscious choice to create a reality in my own head that allowed for her own issues, her own jealousy, her inability to be straight forward with me, and to allow her to be whole, with all her issues and choices, because that’s what friends do. It allowed me to continue my friendship with her - which I have never regretted.Boots on the ground - giving the benefit of the doubt saves relationships, creates less stress, and generates better feelings in our own heartsLiz Newman said, “Give people the benefit of the doubt, over and over again, and do the same for yourself. Believe that you’re trying and that they’re trying. See the good in others, so it brings out the best in you.” I have a special treat for you today - some of the people who have been taking the challenges are families - which include, of course, children and teens. Three of these fabulous kids have offered to share their experiences with this challenge.Here they are:Tune into the audio program to hear these teen's experiences with the challenge.Quick recap: Giving the benefit of the doubt does primarily 3 things: 1. Saves your relationships 2. Creates less stress for you. 3. Changes the energy at which you approach people which changes outcomes for the better.Your challenge this week is to keep this top of mind and to practice giving the benefit of the doubt. I’d love to hear from you about your experience. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Challenge 5 in the subject line. You can do this at home with family members, with people across the board whether you know them or not, so there is lots of opportunity.If you want your own copy of the 21 LIFE Connection Challenges hop on Amazon or hit up loveyourstorypodcast.com for a link to Amazon to get your own copy.We’ll see you in two weeks for our next episode.
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 173: Rare Faith - Interview with Leslie Householder
Episode173 - Rare Faith: Interview with Leslie Householder Welcome back to the Love Your Story podcast my beloved audience. How many of you have heard of the term, “Rare Faith?”There is the simple faith that we have knowing the sun will rise each morning, because we’ve seen it thousands of times. Then there is the type of faith that makes things happen. Today on the show I have Leslie Householder. Stay tuned for lots of wisdom from this woman who has the Rare Faith Platform where she teaches universal laws. Leslie is the ward-winning international best selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor, Portal to Genius and Hidden Treasures. These books are all about how we access heaven’s help in our money matters and how this rare faith is the key to making things happen. She has helped people all over the world discover and apply the Rare kind of faith that causes powerful life changes. She takes time to help those in her audience crush every challenge, achieve every goal, and vanquish every monster under their beds. She is also - above all - a dedicated wife and mother of seven children. Yes…..she does alllll this. Tune into the audio program to hear her answers to questions like:Where did you get the term Rare Faith?How did you come to understand the idea of rare faith?How have you used rare faith in your own life. What did that look like?You have a book called Hidden Treasures that explains a list of universal laws and how they work. I’ve often thought, as I’ve heard the statement that all blessings are predicated on laws, that if I only knew what the laws were that were tied to the blessings I wanted, then I could more actively seek the outcomes I wished for. Tell us a little about these universal laws.How have you tested them?How often does your faith falter?How do we come to really understand a universal law? Trial and error? How often is there error if it’s a law?How do you share and teach these? How can people find you if they want more information? There are laws of the universe we are very familiar with - like the law of gravity. We know it works whether we believe in it or not. It makes sense that the other laws of the universe work the same way. It also makes sense to me that laws were put in place to govern the unfolding of seasons, the circle of life, the earth on its track in the universe, so why wouldn’t God have also put into place laws that determined outcomes for his children. Laws that, like science and physics, are consistent? These are the laws we talked about today. How powerful would we be if we came to truly understand, practice and create with these laws?It’s an exciting concept and I hope you got something wonderful out of listening to Leslie today.For more information on Leslie:email@example.com#rarefaithwww.rarefaith.orgShare this episode with someone else who would find interesting. Sharing a podcast episode is an easy way to do a random act of kindness for someone. And it you REALLY liked it, share it on your social media and tag me.Thanks for being here - remember you’ve always got the loveyourstorypodcast website where you can get links to all the past episodes, you can order your LYS t-shirts, you can find a link to buy LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday - the 21 LIFE Connection Challenges, or you can find our new link to TELL YOUR STORY where you can start to get your own story/life history recorded in audio format.See you in two weeks.*Thanks to Franz Danzi: Wind Quintet Opus 67, Nos.2 by Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet for music in this podcast.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 172: Letting Go of the Past – Interview with Djana Kazic
Episode 172: Letting Go of the Past - Interview with Djana KazicWhat happens when you have a past that you need to let go of?My guest today is Dana Kazic, born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Caught in the middle of the Bosnian conflict, shot as a teenager during that war, Djana says the saddest thing she sees is how so many people play the victim role - she still sees it in Bosnia - people who can’t let go of wrongs done to them. Her choice to finally leave the area, despite her close relationship to her family, to create a better destiny for herself is a story she wants to share. She says, “Everyone is the creator of their own universe. Your thoughts and words become your reality. Dare to dream for fortune follows the brave.” Stay tuned for Djana’s story and what she learned having spent 3 years mostly without electricity, water, little food and grenades constantly falling on them, never knowing if she would see her family again from day to day. Djana has spent her time since the war getting an education, working, and globe trotting. She to her BA in Sarajevo, her Masters in Italy, did her management training in Malaysia and got her PhD in Hawaii. Today she’s her to share her story. Tune into the audio program for her story and interview. Do you have a story - something that happened to you in your past that makes you feel like a victim? Something that happened that you haven’t been able to let go of?If you need to reframe a story that is holding you back - please go back and listen to episodes 46-50 of the Love Your Story podcast, for 5 full episodes that explore the steps of how to truly reframe a story so you can find the meaning and purpose in the experience - so the story can support and build a better life moving forward rather than keep a holdin’ you back.There is also an online course you can purchase on the website: www.loveyourstorypodcast.com for the 5 steps to reframing your stories. These tools have been provided to help you love your story. Because that’s what this is all about.Thanks for being here this week - share the episode with one other person who would find value in this story. It makes the world better to share the love.See you in two weeks for the next new episode of the Love Your Story podcast.
14 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 171: Challenge #4 - Success File
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