Why does the world seem so unhappy? Are we just here to go through the everyday routine, pay bills, and die? Or is there something more for us? What do “successful” people do differently that allows them to do the things they love in their work? How do we balance the pursuit of “more” with being satisfied in what we do have? How can we live fuller, more satisfying lives both at work and in our relationships?
I’m interviewing professionals, experts, and people of all sorts to find out what it means to live life on our own terms and live through our “true calling”.
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How often do we make the mistake of not being clear with our vision and our “why”? Dr. Kate Campbell and Katie Lemieux are clinical therapists who also are dedicated to helping private practice practitioners start a practice based on their vision of what’s important to them and their work. In the interview Dr. Kate and Katie discuss: How they started K2 Visionaries by allowing themselves to start small – Why helping others focus on their “why” is important to them – Why focusing on vision is more important than structure when starting out a new venture – How they implement their own “visioning” process – How you can get clear on your “why” – How they help people who don’t know what their “why” is to be able to discover it – Why personal brand development is always a changing process and how to be comfortable with that – Their own learning experiences and fears in beginning their own ventures. You can learn more about Dr. Kate Campbell, Katie Lemieux, and K2 Visionaries at k2visionaries.com
johnharrisoncounseling.com/true-calling-project/ Have you ever wondered why all of your efforts to find the right “way” to do things seems to leave you leave you in a place of doubt? Doubting yourself. Wondering if you’ll ever “figure it out”? Keri Nola is a licensed therapist and a private practice consultant who works with people on a “soul level” to help them break through their personal and professional barriers. In the interview she talks about: how she approaches her awareness of her fear – how we can make a positive relationship with our fear – our partnership with our fear and how it plays out – why we tend to chase the “shiny” object – her work with her clients in helping them tap into their intuitive selves – her work with the “shadow” and the shadow card deck she created – how the death of people close to her changed her – her demonstration of the shadow deck and the card that she drew for the 2 of us for our conversation. You can learn more about Keri and her work at kerinola.com
Money. The root of all evil? Or is that just a misguided perception we tend to hold? Tiffany McLain is a marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, California who has a unique passion. Helping people re-write their money story. Tiffany comes from a background where money was seen in negative ways. She’s been able to take her personal experiences with money challenges and help others make peace with their money mindset so they can do more of the things that matter to them. In the interview Tiffany discusses: how her blue collar background has affected her work with her clients – why she enjoys helping people who have barriers with a positive relationship with money – the “fear” we tend to hold when it comes to money – our family messages about money – why having more money won’t change our values – how our money mindset can help us grow as individuals. Here’s her link to the free giveaway she mentions in the interview:heytiffany.com/truecallingproject You can learn more about Tiffany here: sanfranciscotherapyservice.com/ and her “Hey Tiffany” services here: heytiffany.com/ Her link to the 5 minute journal: intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journal Her favorite podcasts: amyporterfield.com/category/podcast/ and smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/
Putting yourself out there in your writing via a blog or an article is not an easy thing to do. Dr. Angelica Shiels is clinical psychologist who has transformed her “mommy blog” into a popular parenting/family psychology blog called “On The Yellow Couch”. In the interview Dr. Shiels discusses: Why she became a psychologist after majoring in business – why she loves writing about parenting and what we can all learn about ourselves from being parents – how she writes on difficult topics, such as shame, while still keeping her humor – her take on what it means to be “approachable” while working with her clients – her interest in loneliness and social anxiety – her experience in writing on controversial topics on her blog – her thoughts on the psychological affects of trauma that span both sides of any controversial and politically charged topic- why Donald Trump has emerged as a popular topic in politics recently – how we can use conflict and chaos to better connect us as a society. You can find her blog here: ontheyellowcouch.com/ and find out more about her practice at marylandfamilypsychology.com/
How often do we do the same things expecting different results? Jo Muirhead is a rehabilitation counselor outside of Sydney, Australia who works with people in reestablishing their drive and purpose in their lives and careers. In the interview Jo talks about: Her work and “Purple Co” which is an organization dedicated to helping people reinvent themselves – where a sense of purpose shows up in us and what happens when we ignore it – her personal experiences with self sabotage and burnout – where we’ve got “burnout” and “self care” all wrong – what she does to make her day a success and how she takes care of herself- her tips on how to begin leading a life with purpose and avoid the overwhelm that can show up for all of us. Jo has a wealth of knowledge and insight in her decades of working with her clients as well as her own personal struggles and successes. To learn more about Jo and what she does you can find her at: jomuirhead.com and http://purpleco.com.au/ Here’s her book of choice: amazon.com/Richest-Man-Babylon-George-Clason/dp/1505339111 Here’s her favorite podcast: artofmanliness.com/
What is the shadow? What exactly is shadow work? Renee Beck, LMFT is a therapist in Oakland, California who specializes in helping people through working with the darker sides of self. Those areas that we tend to not want to see or that lie in our subconscious. In our interview Renee talks about how she realized that working with the shadow side of self was her calling – how she defines the shadow – how the shadow is revealing itself in our current political situation – where past abuse and trauma and the shadow are connected – her use of tarot in her work – and how she let’s herself, and her “woo” side, come through in her work while staying grounded. Renee is full of wisdom and was a lot of fun to talk with. You can learn more about her and the work she does at reneebeckmft.com/ The Tarot Handbook can be found here: goodreads.com/book/show/269883.The_Tarot_Handbook
Adam Luke is a marriage and family therapist in California. I reached out to Adam to get a perspective from a younger business minded professional and what it takes to get started and stay balanced. Adam talks about building and sustaining momentum by staying true to your values – staying grounded and embracing the “baby steps” – how he uses his “whiteboard” to stay organized – how he manages 3 jobs and keeps his sanity – how self care is a must for him. Adam’s mantra is “living deliberately” and why living with focus and patience can yield a fulfilling life. To learn more about Adam and what he does go to: californiaalturavista.org/ To read Adam’s blog go to: findingtheground.com/
Sharon Martin, LCSW specializes in working with people to improve their self concept and esteem. So much of what stops us from taking steps to realize our potential is in our negative self talk and ingrained negative self concepts we hold. In the interview Sharon and I discuss: What drew her to work with people around self esteem issues – the common tenants that she sees in the clients she works with – why we are so much harder on ourselves than we are on others – where negative belief patterns tend to come from – why it’s good to challenge our beliefs – how seeing ourselves as separate hinders our growth and personal attainment – the messages society tells us about who we are – why we tend to avoid risk – why it’s important to find your “tribe” – why self worth is unconditional – and why we tend to believe in the “illusion of success” and the illusion of an “arrival”. Sharon has recently released her ebook called “Setting Boundaries Without Guilt: A Workbook to Move You From Doormat to Empowerment” and can be purchased here:sharonmartincounseling.com/sharon-martin-books/ You can also find Sharon, learn more about her and her work at sharonmartincounseling.com
Brianna Hammerman is a licensed therapist in Colorado. She specializes in Equine Therapy which uses horses to set the basis for the therapeutic interactions in the sessions. Brianna grew up with horses and later in her life decided that become a counselor was what she wanted to do. Once she discovered the opportunities for her to blend her love of horses with her interest in therapy, she was determined to become an equine therapist. In our interview Brianna discusses: what she had to do to see her wish to become an equine therapist come about – her initial intuition that led to her committing to his unique career path – how she kept her focus over several years of training – how her work has not only helped her clients but has been influential in her own life – her advice on how to trust your own career seeking process – and how becoming an equine therapist has helped her learn a greater sense of patience in her life and career. You can learn more about Brianna and what she does at briannahammermancounseling.com/
Allison Puryear has been doing her private practice therapy for 11 years. In that time she has built her business from the bottom up starting in 3 different cities. In the interview Allison shares her personal experiences in learning from her fears and failures as well as her successes – what common mistakes new business owners make – how people tend to undervalue their talents and services – how she views her business lessons as invaluable personal experiences – how changing your money mindset and leaving money shame and guilt behind can allow your business to excel. Allison is a wealth of knowledge and she is a great resource for anyone thinking of taking on the challenges of starting their own business or practice. Her humor, candor, and personality have attracted and helped many clients. You can learn more about Allison and what she does at abundancepracticebuilding.com
I have a personal bias when it comes to which professionals I follow and learn from. The ability to model healthy and meaningful connection with clients is crucial. Rebecca Wong is one of those people who does that. In the interview she talks about her model of therapeutically relating called “Connectfulness” and why she does what she does. She talks with me about -using play and relational exploring in her therapy and how it helps keep us grounded – why “showing up” is important in our relationships – her grandparents who lived through the Holocaust and how they impacted her life – the research that shows relationships are the most important thing in our lives – her motivation to help other therapists show up and share themselves in a more connected and impactful way in their therapy – her upcoming podcast called “The Practice of Being Seen”. You can find her and learn more about what she does at connectfulness.com/.
Bryan is a graduate student studying Thanatology, the study of Death. He uses his unique insights, knowledge, and practices in his hospice work where he is a spiritual advisor and Reiki practitioner. In our talk Bryan discusses death in terms of Western culture, where the avoidance of death has impact on our everyday lives, and how we can live fuller lives by embracing death. Bryan shares his experience of grief overload when 6 years ago he was impacted by the death of his mother, 2 grandmothers, his divorce, and the loss of his job in a short period of time. He shares his insights on how death has transformed his life and his own spiritual awakening. This interview was an honor and privilege to host and I’m grateful to be able to share it with you. You can contact Bryan at email@example.com
#5 Telling Your Story with Marisa Glaser Goudy, writer and storytelling coach.
Marisa Goudy is a writer and storytelling coach who works with therapists and other professionals in communicating their best assets. Themselves through their stories. In the interview we talk about why stories are important, how anyone can use them, and where to get started. One of the things that makes Marisa so great is that she sees the potential in the human story not only for what it does to benefit the individual. But how it always has been a way to help transform and heal the world.http://marisagoudy.com/
#4 Being Mindful and Leaning Into the Challenge with Robert Cox, PLPC
Robert Cox is a therapist specializing in substance abuse with an emphasis on mindfulness. His work with clients started off with autistic clients and has moved into the substance abuse field. In his experiences he’s seen that trauma is the underlying common thread and he’s been able to embrace and lean into his passion of working with trauma to meet people in that space. Because of his own mindful practices and self work, he’s able to be fully present with the challenges of working with trauma in his work. Instead of being burned out or running the other way, Robert opens up and allows his clients and their trauma to be a part of his life’s work. Here’s his website:
http://liferecoveryconsulting.com/ and check out his podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mindful-recovery-robert-cox/id1084200702?mt=2
#3 Expressing Purpose and Inspiration in Your Work with Kat Love
Kat Love is a web designer specializing in creating websites for therapists. This isn’t Kat’s first profession. She was a successful model for several years before going to graduate school and dedicating herself to web design. In the interview Kat talks about why she chooses to work with therapists and finding inspiration and purpose in her past traumas. She shares her story of a pivotal conversation with a friend that changed her life and led her to where she is today. www.katlove.com
#2 Bringing the Dark Parts of Ourselves to Light with Ernesto Segismundo, LMFT and videographer.
Ernesto Segismundo is a family and marriage therapist in California. Aside from being a counselor, Ernesto has started a business making promotional videos for other therapists pursuing a passion helping others discover their voice through video promotion. In the interview Ernesto and I talk about how his videography business has touched and reached people beyond their marketing goals. http://californiaalturavista.org/ http://www.fylmit.com/
#1 Transferring your Passion to a Different Profession with Beth Luwandi, LPC
Beth Luwandi is a licensed professional counselor in Cincinnati, OH. In the interview Beth talks about how she left her teaching career of 12 years but never stopped teaching. Not only that but she moved across the midwest from Minnesota to Ohio to enter graduate school to begin her new career. She now is a counselor and coach specializing in relationships and dating. She teaches people how to find better connection with their partners or potential mates. In the interview Beth talks about her challenges in making her decision to leave the teaching profession and the lessons she learned along the way.