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Republic of Freedom Radio
11 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
How to not be so Judgemental
4 minutes | Dec 9, 2018
The Greatest Truth You Can Realize About Yourself
Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Life is Short. Don’t Settle: What is the only thing of real value you can lose? Your life. Beyond that, we are already naked. When you know you have nothing to lose, you can choose excellence. You don’t have to put up with bullshit. You have the power to change your circumstances. Don’t settle for anything less. Don’t place value on the judgement of others (they have bad taste anyway!). Life is too short to feel pigeonholed — there’s always a way out. Say what others are afraid to say. Fight to do and be better. What happens when you realize you have nothing to lose? You can see clearly that you have everything to gain. LINKS Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. The Roar of Freedom Navigating Your Way Out of The Matrix Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes by Jesse and Editing by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
4 minutes | Dec 2, 2018
We've Been Freelancers Forever
Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash Is “Easy” Worth The Cost of Your Freedom?: The modern role of “employee” has made most of us lazy. For most of recorded history you didn’t even have the option of applying for a job and receiving any sort of financial security — you had to have the initiative. Modern life has afforded us an easier option. We aren’t forced to take risks and distinguish ourselves. Is it really worth trading in self-determination because it’s easier to play into the matrix of modern employement? Are we being dulled down? LINKS Working for yourself feel like a slog? Here’s how to fix that Republic of Freedom Radio: No Plan B All Wisdom is Recycled Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes by Jesse and Editing by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
48 minutes | Jul 30, 2018
Our least favourite dodgy online business practices
If you’re not the real deal, I don’t have time: Do entrepreneurs give you trust issues? Does it seem like people are trying to sell you a dream without substance? Coaching, consulting, and entrepreneurship aren’t easy, but when buzzwords and bad marketing are leading to loss, it might be time to rethink your approach. Most people’s lives do not change that quickly. That’s why you need to be careful when online businesses try to sell you a quick fix to complex problems. “Budget” is not a sexy word. “Work” is not a sexy word. Yet the truth is that if you want to keep your head above water — not to mention make six-figures — you need to acquaint yourself with both concepts stat! There are so many bad practices that businesses engage in so that they can retain customers. Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady, breaks down which of these practices piss her off the most — like encouraging an unnecessary addiction to a service, or selling expert advice without experience. We talk about how who you are as a person makes people trust you a lot faster than who you are on a business front — which means plagiarizing web copy is as stupid as it is shady. Don’t let businesses sell you a dream that isn’t realistic! Let yourself be discerning, and keep an eye out for these shady methods that are doing you a huge disservice. LINKS The Tarot Lady The Tarot Coloring Book Copyscape plagiarism checker Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts
57 minutes | Jul 2, 2018
Rethinking creative entrepreneurship with Dave Conrey
Feeling the burnout of content creation? You don’t want to content-create yourself into the grave! What’s the value of generating constant content when it feels like you’re fighting against the algorithm? One thing is certain: Growth never comes easy. It’s not always about perfection, it’s about creating content that resonates. How do we know what resonates? By making little bets and embracing the possibility of failure. Why? Because it’s all data in the end. Being a multi-passionate entrepreneur means looking for content that sticks while building trust. Sometimes that means feeling burned out when it seems like we’re constantly pushing content into the ether, to people we don’t matter to. Here’s the thing: If the content you create is authentic, accessible, and resonates with even a small group of people, you’re already leading by example. We can produce content that is authentic when we explore areas we are genuinely interested in improving. But hold up! It’s not about perfection! Your tools don’t matter as much as your ability to empower your audience by developing rapport and letting your integrity shine through your work. “Your art contributed to my well being in a way that made me feel empowered.” LINKS Heather Thorkelson Dave Conrey Dave Conrey’s Youtube Channel Selling Art Online Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims So Good They Can’t Ignore You Stupid Easy Paleo — Steph Gaudreau Harder to Kill Podcast Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes by Jesse and Editing by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
50 minutes | Jun 17, 2018
Why change is hard and what we can do about it with Ali Shapiro
How is your body like a startup? Approaching both with a self-directing mindset can help! There’s a great divide between conventional learning and manifesting change — how can we become our own best expert, and what does it mean to become discerning? We’ve already talked about how the Law of Attraction is total BS. Ali Shapiro helps us deconstruct meritocracy as one example of how privilege can cloud opportunities to grow. Creator of Truce with Food, an “online coaching experience to create lasting food freedom,” and host of the podcast Insatiable, Ali talks about adult development and how changing our mindset and learning are different processes alltogther. In this episode, we discuss being comfortable with uncertainty and how authenticity changes. We talk about how certain lifestyles can dull the sense of self (looking at you, Corporate America!) by prioritizing group harmony over our own needs. What is the link between how we see food and how we understand ourselves? What are we really learning we’re constantly subjecting ourselves to confirmation bias? Change can get a bad rap, but when the dominant cultural narrative isn’t working, it’s more important than ever. LINKS Republic of Freedom Facebook AliShapiro.com Truce with Food Insatiable Podcast “Live the questions now” Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes by Jesse and Production by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
11 minutes | Apr 22, 2018
No Plan B
Have you thought about your backup plan? Not anymore! There’s a way to change your frame of mind when it comes to not having a plan B. That means rethinking failure, procrastination, and growth. Every entrepreneur has had this thought: I don’t want to go back working for other people. Yet budding entrepreneurs fall back on backup plans or side-gigs all the time, and ultimately that might be inhibiting their growth. Why is that? Because not having a plan B can motivate you to cut the crap that’s preventing you from becoming the person you’re supposed to be. Don’t get me wrong! Having no plan B doesn’t mean you’re not going to fail — but failure is inevitable. Failure means you’re getting better at what you’re meant to be doing and the direction you’re meant to go in. Failure is part of growth, and the expansion of growth can be terrifying. Not having a plan B means you need to get smarter about how you work. It means teaching yourself the skills to manage procrastination and outsmarting your own brain. Ask yourself, do I want growth now? Is the pain of expanding greater than the pain of staying the same? Do I want to loaf around getting paid less than I should and follow people who make me second guess myself? No! On this week’s episode of Republic of Freedom Radio, we talk about the key factors of existing in the mindset of having no plan B. LINKS Republic of Freedom Facebook Drive by Daniel Pink The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Do The Work by Steven Pressfield The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes by Jesse and Editing by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
15 minutes | Apr 15, 2018
A fork in the road: desert + drug lords vs domestic security
How can an email from a friend in the Mexican desert — swarming with danger, instability, and beauty — turn into the professional opportunity you never knew you needed? Does it matter what the responsible thing is? Have you ever struggled with the idea that choosing the wrong path might lock you into something forever? Does it seem worth it to weigh the options between guaranteed security and a terrifying challenge? If you’re stuck trying to achieve personal growth, what you might be missing is the space to breathe. Our work culture makes it difficult to find jobs that pay well, are challenging, and allow opportunity for growth. It’s easy to get roped into something you don’t really want to do. In this episode, we talk about navigating the forking road of choosing a career in an unfulfilling job market. We discuss the power of having space to breathe, in developing confidence that comes from putting yourself in a situation where you don’t know what the fuck you’re doing, and using it as a chance to learn. Afterall, isn’t it amazing how when push comes to shove, we can really get shit done? Even if we don’t have all the answers at the end of the adventure, the chances we have to know ourselves better is absolutely priceless. LINKS Republic of Freedom Facebook Heather Thorkelson Why You Need To Do Sh** That Scares You Can You Lead a Meaningful Life Without Taking Any Risks? Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes by Jesse and Editing by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
26 minutes | Apr 8, 2018
Uncovering the puzzle piece you were meant to be with Randi Buckley
If you just want to get a message across, sometimes it’s okay to tell a little lie if it means somebody doesn’t get hurt. We know, it’s counterintuitive, right? In this episode, we interview Randi Buckley, life coach and creator of the workshop Healthy Boundaries for Kind People. Cultivating boundaries can be difficult if you’re the sort of person who worries about negative reactions. We discuss how it’s possible to navigate conflict with kindness — both inwardly and outwardly. In the same way you can channel your genius into a livelihood (like life coaching, for example!), you can tap into this same reservoir of experience in order to develop a strategy of conflict resolution. It’s not easy to reframe the conversation around setting boundaries. Traditional models don’t work for everyone, which is why we need to frame it around kindness. Sometimes, when things get tough, all you need to be your best self is a little inspiration from the mythology that created you. LINKS Republic of Freedom Facebook Heather Thorkelson Randi Buckley How Randi Buckley Created a Cohesive & Effective Business Model Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts Touch points for difficult decision making: Have you ever said the wrong thing to somebody you were fighting with? Do you ever find yourself afraid to verbalize struggles? Here’s the thing: There’s a wealth of potential hiding in your own genius, and there’s a way you can amplify it, draw on compassion, and search for resolutions through kindness. Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes by Jesse and Production by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
7 minutes | Apr 1, 2018
Why Manifestation & The Law of Attraction Are BS
Manifestation vs. practical application: If Oprah loves it, can it really be bad? On this week’s episode, Heather deconstructs the Law of Attraction, an idea popularized for the modern age in Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret. In looking at the fragments that form Manifestation thinking, Heather proposes an alternative method of manifesting success through practical action. The packaging of wellness for wide consumption often involves taking easily digestible, not-so-challenging ideas and using them as the crux of a brand. One of the most popular examples of this is Manifestation — the belief that by focussing on positive or negative thoughts, people can bring positive or negative experiences into their lives. When wellness companies are selling Manifestation and the Law of Attraction, they’re commodifying an idea that’s inherently problematic. In this episode we break down Manifestation. We ask ourselves, what’s wrong with the evidence? Where is the science? Who are the primary benefactors of Manifestation thinking and Law of Attraction ideology? We want to encourage the questioning of lazy assumptions and feel-good ideas. We want to challenge people to be critical thinkers and challenge ourselves to take practical action. We need to see ourselves as people who can make improvements in our lives by shining a light in our own dark corners. LINKS Republic of Freedom Facebook Heather Thorkelson The Law of Attraction Is a Crock The Staggering Bullsh*t of ‘The Secret’ Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts
21 minutes | Mar 25, 2018
Why Does Everything Feel So Hard : A conversation with Lynn Crymble
Anyone who says it’s easy to be an adult is a liar. On this week’s episode, Heather sits down with Lynn Crymble to talk about negativity bias, why it’s so hard to ask for help, and the importance of community. Negativity bias is an archaic tool that used to be helpful. We needed to be watching out for danger, in order to survive. But now, what purpose does it serve? Why do we feel like the world is out to get us and we have to take care of everything ourselves? We’ve all been a helping-hand at one point or another: helping someone with a last minute deadline, or carrying boxes of books down stairs to help someone move. Sure, it might not be an ideal use of your time, but generally, it feels good — even fulfilling — to help a friend out. Knowing that, why do we find it so hard to ask for a favour? When we ask, why do we feel like a burden or inconvenience? All of this negativity can hinder you from creating something outside of the norm (like an online buisness!). Today we embark on a new mission: We will get better at asking for help We will get better at accepting help Join us in muting those negative voices and surround yourself with people who understand your vision! LINKS Heather Thorkelson Information Overload Negativity Bias Subscribe and Rate us on Apple Podcasts
11 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
The foolproof way to bring your creative business or project to life
Dreaming vs. Doing: On this week’s episode we talk about what it means to create and sustain a business. We talk about the infinite loop of taking online-courses that never actually turn into a body of work, how to break this cycle and the steps it talks to actualize your business. It starts with an idea, a passion, or an a-ha moment. Then it moves online to a Facebook or Instagram post. Maybe it even becomes a website with a few testimonials. Then it fizzles out. On today’s episode we share tips on how to: Consistently implement Recognize knowledge gaps, and fill them in Set daily goals, and attainable ones Take meaningful action, every single day It’s not because the passion wasn’t there or the idea wasn’t good, it’s because the implementation wasn’t quite right. It’s the difference between dreaming of creating a business, and actually doing it. LINKS Republic of Freedom Facebook Heather Thorkelson Toni Morrison You are the new economy — Tara Gentile Tara Gentile Ghosting Subscribe and Rate us on iTunes
32 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Can you be free in prison - Co-founder of the Prison Freedom Project Leela Codron has the answer
All over the world, there is a huge need for love, compassion and fostering innerstrength. This week, Heather sits down with Leela Codron, who has dedicated her life to creating compassionate spaces for underpriveleged people in her community. She talks to us about the power of mindfulness— a tool that doesn’t require permission or money; A tool that will make you feel immediately better from the inside out. Photograph: Lee-Ann Olwage/Bhekisisa Imprisonment is an archaic system that has proven itself to be incredibly bias and futile. As a result, incarcerated people are often overlooked or forgotten about by society. They’re living in a state of anxiety, in prisons that are overcapacity and understaffed. Leela (and her business partner, Brian Bergman) saw a need there and created the Prison Freedom Project. Whether you’re locked within a jailcell or driving around with your children and wife, we all create cages for ourselves. Leela teaches us how to tackle the negative thoughts we have, and how to achieve true freedom. LINKS Seva Unite Leela Codron Contribue to the Prison Freedom Project Free Inside Documentary Subscribe and Rate us on iTunes
27 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
The Era of the Multipotentialite with guest Sarah Nur
A new way of being: On this week’s episode, Sara Nur sits down with us to explain what it means to be a multipotentialite. Sara proves that as humans we are innately complex and shouldn’t have to shrink ourselves down to define ourselves. We chat about viewing curiosity as a positive, the anxiety of defining yourself by your job, and how to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. What do you want to be when you grow up? What an anxiety inducing question! How will we ever be able to funnel all of our interests into one singular job? Why do we feel that limiting ourselves to one interest is more professional than persuing all of our interests? How can we match up who we are externally to who we feel we are inside? How can we stop going to war with ourselves, within ourselves? That’s the beauty of embracing multipotentialism. We won’t have to. It’s time to take advantage of our access to information. To embrace all of our interests and make connections between them. It’s time to accept all things as interconnected, and to celebrate playing in their intersections. LINKS The Individuation Process — Carl Jung Wisdom in the Age of Information:The Future of Storytelling — Maria Popova Brit Marling on Leaving Goldman Sachs Brit Marling The Inside Job Yoky Matsuoka The Growth Mindset — Carol Dweck Achieving Mastery: Big Think Mentor — Robert Green Emilie Wapnick The First 4 Years Podcast, Episode 37, “Company of One” with Paul Jarvis Why some of us don’t have one true calling (TED) Anupam Kundu Subscribe and Rate us on iTunes
9 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
You are awesome. Your comparisonitis is not
Am I a fraud?: What do Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Neil Gaiman, Maya Angelou and Seth Godin have in common? Comparisonitis. You may have heard of this by it’s more common name, Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome: refers to high achieving individuals, marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. It’s that tiny voice in your head telling you that you’re not an expert, that you can’t apply for that job or that you can’t charge that much. It can feel overwhelming at times, and very convincing. Even Seth Godin, the King of the Internet, has dealt with it! So if highly accomplished people are feeling like frauds, what hope do we have? On this week's episode, of Republic of Freedom Radio, we chat about the 7 strategies that work to kick comparisonitis. It’s up to us! Are we going to continue to let comparisionitis to take up critical headspace, or are we going to choose to tell it who’s boss? LINKS Seth Godin on Imposter Syndrome Republic of Freedom Comparisonitis Worksheet Subscribe and Rate us on iTunes Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. Recordings and design by Heather Thorkelson. Shownotes and Editing by Steph from EDITAUDIO.
10 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
The secret to living a remarkable life
The Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. It is a community of people who are tired of being sheep. It’s a place where we talk about the stuff that’s uncomfortable, and where we recognize that the societally-approved stories we’ve been telling ourselves are wrong (or you know….just not applicable to us). The Republic of Freedom advocates for both livelihoods and mindsets that help us thrive, that help us be more free in an unfree world. Our mission is to inspire you to harness the courage and confidence to live a more self-determined life. Because at the very root, in that space beyond the very real barriers to financial freedom, freedom of movement, and freedom of speech, we believe that at its most primal level freedom is a state of mind. Let’s start there, and get better at being human together. Welcome to the Republic!
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