Linda Ferguson - Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand

December 7, 2016


q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=1452541213&Format=If you're an artist or an entrepreneur and you are living off your art/business, you know what uncertainty is, and many times I am sure you hit the wall: will you quit? Or dust yourself off and go at it again? You know...shifting sands melting underneath your feet...Linda Ferguson had that experience.

How often  have we asked ourselves, “Why can’t I be a better person, more loving, more forgiving, practicing my spirituality on a daily basis?.” And yet we can’t seem to be able to sustain these feelings for very long.  Many have had the wake-up call but struggle to bring spiritual beliefs and practices into their daily live.  Not able to spend a few years away from it all to sort things out in silence, most of us deal with the daily challenges of work, family, emotional pain, and our own imperfections, struggling to make a spiritual life around “real” life.  Dr. Linda Ferguson understands the difficulties in trying to steer through the daily stresses and challenges and, in her new book Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand; she presents a guidebook to help you transform your life permanently.

Staying Grounded provides practical advice on living a spiritual life in the modern world with insightful stories and teachings that support making that transformation possible. Starting with the Foundation, the author defines a spiritual journey and how it can expand the soul.  She discusses the daily practice of mindfulness and its importance in opening us up to our soul journey. When understood and practiced fully, spiritual love opens our hearts to a continuous stream of harmony and peace, helping us to overcome our fears.  And, perhaps most importantly, understanding and accepting our darker side, or “embracing the shadow,” allows us to accept ourselves and to overcome the pain and grief that we have experienced in our lives. Through these practices we can affirm our Divine Essence.

The second section of the book is the Application— or as the author calls it—Joy to the World!  This section offers ways to address, on a daily basis, the challenges of relationships, work, money, power, and sexuality, without losing your spiritual center. The ability to take all that you have learned and apply it to real life situations is both invaluable and transformational.  The final chapter introduces us to a method developed by the author—Transformational Empowerment™, a six step process that is built on three fundamental practices—Faith, Commitment, and Gratitude.  These steps allows the seeker to more effectively move past self-limiting beliefs and fears in order to live with Personal Mastery on a daily basis. Each chapter is followed by exercises that can be done immediately, allowing the reader insight into why they respond to situations in negative ways and how they can change their learned reactions.

Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand presents a variety of spiritual perspectives on the pursuit of the individual soul journey. Drawing on the traditions of Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism and other spiritual beliefs the book dwells on the common thread that runs through all, the power of the heart, and how to prepare it for a greater and deeper connection to our world.  Love is within us to be given freely and without judgment and flows around us to connect with the Divine Essence. Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand is transforming, teaching how to stay on the spiritual path while navigating the physical world and the shifting sand of daily living.

Linda J. Ferguson, PhD, is the author of Path for Greatness: Work as Spiritual Service, and Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand, and numerous articles. She writes a weekly blog on spirituality and work reaching more than 5,000 readers. Dr. Ferguson has traveled nationally and internationally to conduct workshops and presentations.

She earned her MA in Social Psychology and Ph.D. in Management from Indiana University.

Maura Sweeney - World Happiness Survey

December 6, 2016

Maura_Happy Inside OutDo you know what you really want in life? If not, this podcast will help you become more emotionally aware of what you truly desire and facilitate your focus and behaviors toward those ends. Using results from my own Happiness Survey of individuals from 28 states and 23 countries, I share five key areas that define what most of us truly want in life. Find out what these unifying elements are that define our common pursuit of happiness. Use the list as personal inspiration or create a list of your own as you pursue your path to happiness in life. Then, meet Dawna Harrison from Chicago, Illinois and learn what makes her happy from the inside out, too.   #EmotionalIntelligence

Allison Carmen - Your Secret Gift of Maybe…

December 2, 2016


Fifteen years into her career as an attorney, Allison was forced to accept that she was an ad-dict. But it wasn’t work, drugs, alcohol, or even gambling that she was hooked on; it was certainty. Every moment of her life, Allison desperately sought to know or predict what would happen next, trapping her in a spiral of anxiety, doubt and fear. She only found hope and freedom when she dis-covered the life-altering mindset of the concept of Maybe.
Allison’s new book reveals how empowering this belief became to her and how dramatically it has improved her life and outlook. She details how, by accepting the “truths” of Maybe, we can reduce the stress and worry in our lives and open the doors to hope and possibility. Whether one has just lost a job or is dealing with concerns about health, money, or relationships, The Gift of Maybe provides the tools needed to cope with these life experiences. Topics covered include:
Reducing stress and anxiety
Creating more opportunities in life
Viewing uncertainty as a place of hope
Minimizing self-doubt as an obstacle to moving forward
Finding joy in the moment instead of worrying about the future


Bill Moore - Your Success Frequency

December 1, 2016

bill_150Co-Founder of aSmilingWorld, Bill teaches, speaks and writes on conscious business and helps visionary entrepreneurs fulfill their life purpose by building profitable businesses that make a positive contribution to the world. Bill is a business consultant, mentor and trainer with vast experience building multi-million dollar companies and as a US and European turnaround expert. He is best known for his ‘positive results’ oriented business mentoring and for achieving 100’s of percentage point increases in sales and, more importantly, as high as 80% increases in gross profits by facilitating positive, people oriented change.


Ultimate Debate: Atheism vs Spirituality w/Dave Edwards

November 30, 2016


Alright, today's episode is a special one. If you've been listening to this show you are a fruitcake, in other words, you believe in something Higher, right? Call it God, Universe, whatever. Today we have a hardcore ATHEIST! His name is Dave Edwards and we agree to disagree...

David is an entrepreneur, renovations specialist. He began podcasting two years ago and thinks everyone should do it. It is like therapy. He is the father of two sons. Believes that reality is better then fiction and reason is better then faith . The truth is more important then how you feel.  takes a rational and evidence based approach to live.


Who Do You Want to Be?

November 29, 2016

Maura_Happy Inside OutIf you’ve ever felt disenchanted, disillusioned or even critical of experts and authorities, consider looking to yourself as a new source. In a busy world, we often surrender our talents and ideas to others. We take a passive approach to the greater world, viewing it like observers watching an on-stage performance rather than actively playing a role of our own. Listen as I share two seminal personalities from the past and how they helped inspire me to play a role in our current culture and marketplace of ideas. Then, I invite you to use your own imagination. Ignite some of your latent talents and untapped abilities to “be who you really want to be” in the world. Afterward, listen in to music maker Vicky Fulop share what makes her happy from the inside out, too.   #SelfDevelopment #Leadership #SelfGovernance #Authenticity #Happiness #Maura4u


Jodi Herhsey - Naitchin’ all the Way to Your Calling…

November 25, 2016


If you've been living on the edge...and are a little bit of a fruitcake, this interview will make you smile. Seriously, Jodi tells it like it is in her latest book The Call of the Day. What's more important than finding your calling, especially in this day and age?

Smell what I'm cookin'...?

The Call of the Day  (JoyJourney of You Publications, November 2016), is a compelling invitation to see beyond the turbulence of our ego-driven lives and connect with who we really are; not our material outward looking self but the spiritual entity that dwells eternal in each of us. Author Jodi Hershey plots this journey with tremendous insight and experience, guiding us to a realm of true contentment and happiness. She explains succinctly what is happening in this unique time and why change is imperative.

Through personal growth and a change in our perspective, Hershey lets us discover how we can stand sincerely in our authentic truth, allowing us to create a peaceful world brimming with unconditional love. This book will resonate with anyone thirsting for meaning and spirituality in their lives. It will help you uncover your unique talents and realize your potential. Accept this invitation with both hands and rejoice in the freedom and joy that comes from tapping into the Universal Source. This is your call.

Jodi Hershey graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Education.  Her expertise is in Holistic Education for adults and children.  She is the author of Thoughts to Consider with Love. Through her psychic gifts along with her spiritual counseling, Jodi feels honored to be able to help people find their own unique gifts and discover their own true potential. Jodi is the founder of Joy Journey of You. Joy provides books and services that guide others to living their own personal truth and products that bring healing, joy and meaning to them and their living environment.

For those beginning down the path of seeking their own spiritual journey, The Call Of The Day provides some of the clearest guidance for understanding the way.


Robin Hallett - Stuck? Get Unstuck NOW

November 24, 2016



Have you ever been stuck? You know, when you feel that things just don't move forward? When your spinnign the wheels but remain in the same spot? It sucks, doesn't it? Well, today Robin Hallett will ''unstuck'' you. Fast.

I'll let her tell you all about herself:

Hi, I’m Robin. I care about helping you rock your life like you really mean it. I know you have dreams for your beautiful, fabulous life and I want to see them manifest for you. It’s not enough to feel the call in your heart and picture yourself there. The obstacles need to be dealt with as well. I understandthat those obstacles can make your path feel uncertain. I’ve been there too and I want you to know, you don’t have to do this alone! Every day I do the work to continue to grow, stretch, and push my own edge. And, I am going to help you do the same. 

Visit her Website Now! 

Mary Morony - Harsh Truths from the South, a Novel

November 23, 2016


The Cream of the Crop, nobody does it better...Mary Morony wrote a trilogy based on the racism, bigotry, and prejudices of the 50s and 60s, and she nailed it in her latest novel, Done Growed Up

Smell what I'm cookin'...?

Although fiction, the trilogy is based on the hard truths of living in the South in the late 50s to early 60s and is filled with real soul searching stories to which we can all relate. For example, can Sallee, the twelve year old narrator of the story, trust the transition of her mom, Ginny, from the drunken abusive women she was to the now sober, kind, caring woman she seems to be? Even Ginny herself says, “The Ginny you know is the one I don’t recognize.” What about the oath Ginny makes to never drink another drop of alcohol if Sallee gets well? Does that mean that if she does drink, Sallee will get sick again? And Sallee isn’t even sure she wants her mom to stop drinking, for at least she knew how to handle the mean and drunk mom. “Maybe I don’t want her to change because I don’t know what that looks or feels like; I might get hurt all over again in some new way, some way I can’t even imagine,” she thinks.
Joe and Ginny are divorced now, which further adds to the dysfunction of the family. After their oldest daughter, Stuart, goes off to college in New York, they receive the phone call that is every parent’s nightmare: “Your daughter is on academic probation and has not been seen for some time.” When Joe flies to New York to investigate, he finds his daughter in the middle of a heroin overdose and seeks out help from Dr. J.: Jacob Berke. We soon learn that Dr. J. was Joe’s father’s psychiatrist, for he, too, was also addicted to heroin! We could all use a few appointments with Dr. J., who says to Stuart, “We are run by our minds. We don’t have to be, but most of us have no concept of the power of our minds. If we do not control our minds, our minds will control us. My idea is that our emotions about things are based on memories. If we change our memories, we can change our emotions.”
In the middle of all this, Ginny finds out a terrible secret about her own family’s past. One that reveals the cause of the accident that killed her father and her love, who happens to be a colored boy...or is he?

Thanks for Gifts in Disguise

November 22, 2016

We all look forward to receiving gifts that excite our senses and surprise us in positive ways. But what happens when the “gift” we encounter has nothing to do with our perceptions of good? In this podcast, we explore how life’s curve balls can actually bring us some unexpected gifts in the form of personal benefits. In it, I share a story from several years ago that turned a good portion of my life, thoughts, spirituality and even sense of self on its head. During the process, I was forced to face certain personal issues and hidden fears that needed some introspection. As painful and grievous as the process felt, I gained greatly and emerged far freer, stronger and happier. Whether you’re facing separation, sickness, economic loss or something else that stings you today, tune in to this inspiring and hopeful podcast. Don't forget to share this podcast with a friend who may be in need! Also, check out my additional resources on this topic: My Huffington Post blog: The Flip Side of Giving Thanks My Maura4u YouTube video: Do You Know What a Gem You Are Then, listen in to Nick from Manchester, U.K. who shares with us what makes him happy from the inside out, too!     #Thanksgiving #Gratefulness #Spirituality #Attitude #EmotionalIntelligence #Happiness #Peace


The Vault - Gregg Kirk and the Miracle from John of God!

November 21, 2016



Hurry! December 3rd is the deadline to enter the contest to win Lance Secretan's powerful book on inspiring leadership: The Spark, The Flame and The Torch. Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire The World. The best part? The book is in harcover...hardcovers are getting rare these days. If you haven't already you can listen to my interview with Lance from last week. You will love the guy. 

Today, we're taking it from The Vault once again as we chat with a living miracle, Gregg Kirk. For those of you "thinkin' thinkin'", Gregg Kirk tells his story on how he went to Brazil and met John of God. From that point, his life changed...

The Zen Engines is a band and music project headed by Gregg Kirk, who currently hails from the NYC metro area in the US. The content of their debut release “Obrigado” is the result of Kirk’s decade-long battle with Lyme Disease and his subsequent visit to John of God’s Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola in Abadiania, Brazil. While there, Kirk experienced a major reduction of his symptoms and a spiritual awakening that gave fodder to almost every song on the release.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kirk got his start playing with Philly legend Robert Hazard shortly after Hazard penned “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for Cyndi Lauper, and then Kirk went on to form his own bands, including The Killtoys and Shovelhead.

The latter group battered the Philly region with their post-grunge sound in the mid-90s and shared the stage with an impressive list of bands including Fugazi, fIREHOSE, Goo Goo Dolls, Godflesh and Dread Zeppelin. In 1996, A&M Records paid for them to record an album and then subsequently dropped them.

In 1999, Kirk moved to the NYC metro area where he built his own recording studio and formed a songwriting partnership with Austin, TX native Timothy Abbott. The two created The Figurados and released two critically-acclaimed CDs: “Divine Spirits, Holy Smoke” and “Lesson Two,” which the band supported by playing live in both the Austin and NYC areas.

When that project came to a halt in late 2010, Kirk embarked on his healing pilgrimage to Brazil and within days new songs began to emerge. Originally the focus of the tunes was self-healing, but Kirk soon realized that the music and vibrations could have a powerful effect on others and that has become the major focus of this release… to raise the vibrations and healing of anyone who hears these songs.


Lance Secretan - Spark your Flame, Ignite your Torch!

November 18, 2016


Today we're stylin' and profilin' with Lance SecretanThere’s a big difference between being a boss, a manager, an entrepreneur, to being an inspiring leader, and this is what the book explains so perfectly. Personally, this is what I am striving for through my business and my radio podcasts network. 

I truly believe that this book can inspire you to become not only a better leader but a better human being…and live with passion, instead of being a paycheck addict. 

Luckily, you may get the hardcover for FREE through our GIVEAWAYClick here or above to enter the contest and get a chance to win this powerful book! Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World.

Smell what I'm cookin'...?

The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch is Lance Secretan's masterwork, representing 35 years of intellectual property which he calls Higher Ground Leadership® developed through his research, client engagements, coaching and teaching experience. He has integrated his philosophy into a unified theory of inspired leadership. It is broad, effective, and extraordinarily inspiring, offering a comprehensive approach to being an inspiring person and therefore an inspiring and transformational leader. In this brilliant work readers are presented with radical ideas about why organizations continue to labor with ineffective methods that achieve ineffective results, and how to replace these methods with new thinking. He invites us to rethink: 1) the role of modern organizations 2) our personal contribution as leaders 3) the importance of meaning and fulfillment systems of performance management 4) the art of coaching 5) future visioning 6) building stronger personal relationships and teams 7) our definitions of leadership, and how to inspire more than motivate In his trademark style, Secretan combines case studies, experiences and clear examples from real people with whom he has consulted in world-class organizations and weaves them into simple, easily implementable concepts for inspiring individuals, teams, organizations or countries as well as friends and family. The book, together with the many free links on this website, offers a comprehensive system for raising the level of inspiration in any organization. 

Dr. Lance Secretan is widely acknowledged as one of the most insightful and provocative leadership teachers of our time. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist and author of 15 books about inspiration and leadership. He is a thought leader whose teachings and writings on conscious leadership are courageous, radical and ingenious and have been hailed as among the most original, authentic and effective contributions to leadership thinking currently available.lance-secretan

He is an executive coach to leaders globally and works intensely with organizations and their leadership teams to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries. Individuals, entire organizations, cities and states have experienced remarkable transformations through his unique mentoring, coaching, wisdom and approach.

He has helped 6 companies to be named to Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For in America list, and 8 others are also his clients, and 30 Secretan Center clients are on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list. He is ranked 16th in the world by Leadership Gurus, and Speakers in America ranks him among the Top Five Leadership speakers. His firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked #1 in the world as an international Leadership Consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.

Lance is an expert skier, kayaker and mountain biker, and he divides his time between homes in Ontario and Colorado.

To book Dr. Lance Secretan for a keynote speech, please contact him at

Farnoosh Brock - Your Prolific Living!

November 17, 2016
This is the LIVE version of What's your Excuse with Max Ivey! What does it take to gor from a corporate career to a successful brand and business? You don't want to starve while making the transition, right? Farnoosh Brock and her husband have done it and they want to show you how! Want to be a coach or hire one? She is one and will tell you all about it...thanks for tuning in...Pencil Neck Geeks!

Tara-Jenelle WALSCH - Unleash your Soul Courage

November 16, 2016


q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=1937907392&Format=Courage...we need it, especially in this time of year. Not only is Tara-Jenelle Walsch a super nice woman, but she also enlightens us, the jabronies of this world. No seriously, she embodies Purpose, Passion, and Love. 

Smell what I'm cookin'...?

It’s fairly widely understood that life is about more than the experiences of the body and the mind, but it takes a special kind of commitment to also engage one’s soul in our day-to-day encounters. Those willing to make this remarkable choice can “raise the vibration” of every one of those encounters—even their momentary or seemingly insignificant exchanges with others—to a level that touches the heart of our very reason for being alive . . . allowing us to come alive in ways that can utterly transform our entire journey upon the earth.
Knowing this is one thing. Knowing how to do it is another. There are no schools offering courses in Soul Connection and in teaching how to express ourselves from a state of being that arises far beyond the limits of the mind. There is now, however, a more clearly articulated path and process which has the potential to be some of the most enriching experiences of our life. Tara-jenelle Walsch tells us that it takes Soul Courage. And, we are assured, the rewards can be extraordinary, changing for the better all the rest of the days of our life.

Tara-jenelle Walsch is the author of the book Soul Courage and the founder and spirit behind the greeting card company, Soulebrate. Soulebrate cards are being sold in hundreds of stores worldwide, carrying her 227217_10150173561916423_287079_nmessages of encouragement & empowerment, as well as specialty designs created for best-selling authors such as Tony Robbins, Byron Katie and Neale Donald Walsch.

Tara-jenelle speaks publicly about emotional awareness and a concept called, “Soulcialize,” which she believes creates soul connection and has the ability to enrich the world at large. She was raised in Annapolis, Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Tara-jenelle currently lives in Ashland, Oregon with her fur angel, Sascha.

Living in Polarity or Peace?

November 15, 2016


Are you a shmuck getting sucked into the shenanigans from the elections? Well, today Maura enlightens you so you can find your way back to peace.

The contrast between polarity and peace came into sharp focus recently with the 2016 U.S. Presidential election process and the division and strife that followed. In this timely, yet evergreen, episode, we take a look at the distinctions between what it feels like to live in polarity and what it’s like to abide in peace. Discover how peace is not the opposite of someone else’s position. Instead, it paves a third path for anyone seeking inner happiness. Choosing to live in peace provides us opportunity to think, envision and operate in ways that promote new outcomes and increase our sense of personal agency. Learn more about living in peace here. Then, find out what makes a street drummer on NYC’s High Line happy from the inside out, too.   #PresidentialElection #Trump #Hillary #Peace #Inspiration #Empowerment #Hope


From the Vault - Itty Bitty Publishing and Success w/Suzy Prudden

November 14, 2016


Most stories are from rags to riches...but this one is from riches to rags...and back to riches! 

For all you nimrods and jabronies out there, Suzy is a no Bull*** type woman. If you are asleep, she'll wake you up with a glass full of fresh, cold water! No, seriously, I REALLY liked her. 

She is a very successful woman with plenty of inspiration to share! I’ll let her tell you who she is:

I am a best selling author of 12 books including the best Selling, Suzy Prudden’s Spot Reducing Book (Workman Publishing). My most recent books include Suzy Prudden’s Itty Bitty Weight Loss Book, Suzy Prudden’s One Stop Diet Revolution and the 2nd edition of MetaFitness: Your Thoughts Taking Shape, which was featured on Oprah. These three books are now available on Kindle.

A former clinician to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and The Voice of NewReality. I have been in the health an wellness industry for over 45 years; most recently specializing in weight loss.

Ann Chiappetta - Blind and Becoming a Writer!

November 11, 2016

Upwelling: Poems by [Chiappetta, Ann]

Ann Chiappetta turned blind 20 years ago. For those of you sitting at home feeling sorry for the state of your life, this episode will wake you up and kick you in the gut. 
With the gift of technology, Ann was able to get on the path to her dream and purpose of becoming a writer and she shares her story on her debut poetry book, Upwelling.

THAT will get you thinkin' thinkin'!

Guide dogs, death, and a disturbing dream. Marriage, memories, and intriguing mysteries. Eroticism, abortion, and a wonderfully poetic essay. In this collection of 23 of her short, accessible poems from several decades, Ann Chiappetta explores an enormous range of emotions and topics.

"Orbituary" mourns the removal of an eye. "Verona" and "In Those Dark Moments" are tributes to her beloved guide dog. "Appearances" offers reflections on adjusting to blindness. Four of the poems deal with the illness and death of others and her enduring grief. "Root Cellar" is like a miniature horror movie. "The Marriage Pot" employs a much-used spaghetti pot as a symbol for the vicissitudes of a long marriage. "Helium" offers a balloon’s view of its surroundings. "NoneTheWiser" gives us the words of an unconventional little girl.

These poems may variously pierce your heart or warm it, surprise you or amuse you. But they will surely move you and make for lasting memories.

About the Author

Ann Chiappetta holds a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy and currently practices as a readjustment counseling therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband, daughter, and assorted pets. Her poems, articles, and short fiction have appeared in numerous online and print publications.

Finding the Positive - What to do when Things don’t go your Way?

November 10, 2016

What do you do when things don't go your way? How do you react to news you wouldn't expect? Do you shrink back? Do you get angry? Do you turn sad or sour? Manx and Fred chat about this important subject from Max's book: Leading you Out of the Darkness into the Light. The Blind Blogger and Frederic Bye rock it in this entertaining yet informative episode!

Nina Bingham- Get out of your Stinkin’ Rut and get Enlightened!

November 9, 2016

Nina Bingham

Nina Bingham has worked in mental health care since 2003. She has an Associates of Art in Psychology from Santa Rosa Junior College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Applied Psychology from City University of Seattle. Nina completed her MS Mental Health Counseling academic program at Capella University. She is Certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by American Pacific University. She makes her home in Vancouver, Washington, but frequently travels the Southwest.

She co-wrote I BARED MY CHEST with 21 other women. Their Mission is to create an International BEST SELLER, a Book that will IMPACT and inspire both Men and Women, Young and Old, Black, White, African or of any other race to have a voice, embrace their Truths and use it as an inner source to Bare%20Chest%20Flat%20Cover.pngkeep succeeding at life . 

Their Vision is to create a legacy that will  grace the shelves of bookstores for years to come and leave Readers with renewed hope for a brighter future.

Living With Inspiration?

November 8, 2016

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When it comes to living happy from the inside out, inspiration plays a major role in the process. In this podcast, we’ll explore several meanings for the word that help provide familiarity with the emotions, energies and atmospheres that accompany inspiration. Next, I share two personal stories that demonstrate how inspiration (or the lack of it) plays a part in our human experience. As I talk about both a private discourse and a public event, you’ll learn how individuals felt, responded and reacted as a result of feeling more -- or less – inspired. Be empowered in your own life as you grow more mindful and cognizant of the power of inspiration. Not only will you find it a means to greater happiness, but you’ll see how it opens the door to so much more in the realm of positive possibilities. Then, listen to Alex Okoroji from Nigeria as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  #Inspiration #Happiness #Peacefulness #Empowerment #Mindfulness #Empowerment #Maura4u


Can you REALLY Reclaim your Health with a Pencil and Paper?

November 7, 2016

Mari L. McCarthy is a best-selling author ,Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of,. Her unique self-help memoir Journaling PowerHow To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live topped the Amazon charts on its release in September 2016.It reveals how she reversed her MS symptoms through the dynamic power of journal therapy. It also teaches readers how to kick-start their own self-healing, pen-to-paper journaling practice. And it contains numerous medical studies that prove journaling literally unleashes a healing agent that empowers our life in ways we’ve never imagined.
Thanks to her Journaling Power Practice, Mari is now a singer/songwriter currently working on her fourth album. Passionate about goals and successful in accomplishing them, like getting the beachfront home she lives in south of Boston, she enjoys raising roses and her consciousness there. Prescription drug free for over 13 years, she improves her health daily by keeping a gluten-free, dairy-free, processed foods-free nutrition routine and an ambidextrous journaling practice.

Mari reveals how she reversed her MS symptoms through the dynamic power of journal therapy as MLMcc- Logowell as become a singer.

gabioceanGabriella Van Rij is a Global Activist for Kindness who believes that we as humans have dropped the ball on Kindness and asks that we PICK IT UP. gabriellavanrij_1456729880_75Gabriella began her Dare to Be Kind Tour of the USA Road Trip, visiting school kids along the way and offering Anti Bullying Assembly’s. She did this on her own dime and time and the kids just love her.
With November being National Adoption Month, Gabriella also has a message for those parents who are considering adoption. Adopted herself, Gabi knows first hand what it is like to be a ‘disappointment’ to parents who THOUGHT they wanted an international child. Leaving Pakistan for the Netherlands was more than a cultural shock. Gabriella felt she had lost her heritage and a piece of herself. You can hear more about her story here.
I am pleased to announce that Gabriella Van Rij is also the latest author to join the #ibaredmychest team. You can read her story in I BARED MY CHEST Anthology coming out soon. Visit, for more details.

From the Vault: Ken Elliot - Manifest your Desires!

November 4, 2016


Livin' on the edge...insane in the membrane, today we are GOING BACK to one of our most listened episode talking the law of attraction with Ken Elliot!

Have you ever had the sense that your thoughts might actually be doing something? Imagine you are a genie and everything you wish begins to form up right in front of you. First is your thought and thought creates form.

From Ken Elliott’s personal experiences and the stories in this book, you will learn exactly how your thoughts take form and how to efficiently and simply put it to work for you. You have been creating like this all your life, but it has never been fully explained for you until now. This is that rare book with new evidence that will change your view of the world. For 20 years, Ken has experienced sending objects in thought and having them appear in real-time. At last, this most elemental of ancient Secrets is revealed; how your thoughts are constantly shaping the reality around you.

This is the game changer that explains how manifesting and the law of attraction actually work. Manifesting 123 is a results oriented book using simple techniques. It is filled with amazing stories from people describing their successes using the simple methods taught by Ken.


Kim Sutton - Find your Purpose and Help Others

November 3, 2016


Sometimes life has to crumble before we wake up. Sometimes we realize we're not in the right career and that we've been living someone else's life instead of our own. Today, Kim Sutton shows us that there's light at the end of the tunnel. 

Kim Sutton is a digital marketing and productivity strategist who loves empowering business owners to achieve and appreciate personal and professional success.

(In her own words)

Blessed with an insatiable appetite for knowledge, The Sutton Companies have grown to be more since 2012 than I could have ever imagined. After starting my personal Twitter account in May 2015, I soared to nearly 27,000 followers in less than a year. I had no idea my account would grow so fast, nor did I expect such fantastic rewards…

Not only was I invited to be a guest on numerous podcasts but I have also been a featured expert in tele-summits and on various social platforms. In addition, I am now receiving paid opportunities to tweet for brands like Sony, LG, Walmart, NBC, Chase and more. Today I’m using this same knowledge and experience to help my clients achieve similar results.

In late September 2014, and during the last week I was allowed to travel while pregnant with the twins, I traveled to the 90-degree heat of Phoenix, Arizona and became an Infusionsoft Certified Partner. In addition, I endured hundreds of hours of training and multiple quizzes and exams to receive my Mastery in Digital Marketing Certification from Digital Marketer in early 2016.

Are you ready to get your business in front of your perfect prospect? Do you want to discuss the systems and strategies which will help your business grow? Click HERE to schedule a complimentary 30-minute strategy session. I look forward to chatting with you!

Gabriella Van Rij - My Life’s Mission of Kindness

November 2, 2016

Everybody freak out! Freak out! Today we chat with a PASSIONATE individual who is changing the world...literally! She's been seen on Dr. Phil, NBC, CBS, FOX, and many other networks.

Gabriella van Rij is a speaker, author, and activist for Kindness who helps transform the culture of any organization or classroom into one that values and promotes kindness. Kindness is the missing ingredient in today’s world, and the organizations and schools that adopt kindness as their motto have a deceptively simple but greatly effective tool in their arsenal. In her words, “Kindness only grows more kindness.”

Gabriella’s unique beginnings, parallels she draws, and illustrations she uses resonate, educate, and provide the audience with an unforgettable and disarming experience that will have attendees crying and laughing but ultimately empowered.

What are you Giving your Power to?

November 1, 2016

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Don't let the shenanigans on TV suck your energy away. Stay focused. Joyful. Full of life. Maura talks about the crazy stuff on the news and how not to let it affect you. 

In a world where we can get caught up in the heaviness of a 24/7 news cycle that draw us into anger, defensiveness and aggression, we can benefit by choosing to invest our energies in other pursuits. In this podcast, we’ll explore how you can become a focal point of energy and a force to create positive experiences that uplift both you and the world around you, too. Personal empowerment for a happier and more peaceful life.  Then, listen in as Christy James, a professor at Liberty University, shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.   #SelfHelp #Inspiration #WellBeing #Happiness #Influence

Richard Barrett - Ego vs Soul vs Business and Creativity

October 28, 2016


I, your Favorite French Canucker, chats with Richard Barrett who is a pioneer in his field. I am sooo thrilled that a man like him talks about the soul in the corporate world - let's face it, the corporate world has no soul, it only seeks cash...and that is soul crushing.

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Richard Barrett is an author, speaker and internationally recognised thought leader on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the founder and chairman of the Barrett Values Centre, a Fellow of the World Business Academy and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.

He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) which have been used to support more than 6,000 organizations on their transformational journeys. To date, more than 5,000 change agents, consultants and coaches have been trained by the Barrett Values Centre to use the Cultural Transformation Tools in over 50 countries

Richard has been a visiting lecturer at the Consulting and Coaching for Change, Leadership Course run by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and HEC in Paris. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University, Institute for Values-based Leadership, and a visiting lecturer at the One Planet MBA at Exeter University.

Ashley Faulks - Turn your Blog into a Business

October 27, 2016

Ever wanted to run an online business? Today on What's Your Excuse with Max Ivey, Max and I chat about turning your blog into a profitable biznatch, and Ashley Faulks is the man to do that for ya! He introduces himself below.

ashleyfaulksCreating or running a WordPress website is a struggle, I know. But that is why I created this website and blog.

I want to help you learn and use all the ideas and strategies I find and use to make the simplest, highest converting websites around. You know, the kind of websites that simply get more customers for your business.

There is lots of hype and complex ideas out there, but I try to ignore all that. I strive for simplicity, and using what works. Whether is looks good or not (although I also prefer great design where possible).

Let’s learn what works and how to get more customers and money into your business through your website. Your number one business card. And it works 24/7!

So who is this Ashley bloke?

First things first. Yes, in America Ashley is a woman’s name, but I am Australian, and when I was a kid it was only for men!

Ok, as I mentioned above I am an Aussie. I live in Switzerland, where I run Mad Lemmings – helping small businesses succeed online.

I have been working on the web for over 14 years, and use my experience, knowledge and connections to help you succeed too!

An EROTIC Murder Mystery (Shenanigans Permitted!)

October 26, 2016

Today I, your Favorite French Canucker, GO THERE. This novel is nothing like Fifty Shades, uh, uh. Sex, murder, suspense, swing houses, that's the way we like it. Novelist A. Gavazzoni chats with us on her debut novel. 

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=B01When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book.

Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.

When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book.

Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.

a-gavazA. Gavazzoni the Brazilian author of the newly released novel "Behind The Door," a sensual romance now available through, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo Books. She is a lawyer by day and former professor of law; she writes (novels and legal books), but she is also a voracious reader and a writer by night and currently has a law book about international contracts published in Brazil.

She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, she also studies Chinese and hopes someday she will master it (but it's been a challenge!). Her favorite countries, no surprise, are Italy, France, and the USA. When she is not practicing law, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout.
She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook.

I am You!

October 25, 2016

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Yes, an egg sucking dog, like you. However, today Maura puts it in a more classy way for those of you who gave up under the pressures others imposed on you. Yes, there is a way to the land of milk and honey. :) 

Today’s special podcast is a return to my back story and why it helps me relate to you. Our life details all vary, but this unifying story helps me relate to any person who has been living beneath outer expectations and wants to move into their inner hopes for personal expression. Pressures in life may daunt us, but they also help us move forward into new possibilities. They also empower us to discover our own sense of agency. Listen in and make some of your own connections toward living happy from the inside out. Then, meet Miranda Reshaw from Atlanta, Georgia and learn what makes her happy from the inside out, too.        #Happiness #Peace #EmotionalIntelligence #Authenticity #Spirituality #Mindfulness

Dondi Dahlin - Discover your Personality Type

October 21, 2016


Have you ever met someone and immediately disliked him/her? Ever wonder why your relationships are screwed up? There's a reason. Ever felt like you were in the wrong career? There's a reason, sportsfans. And Dondi Dahlin's new book will answer your questions. 

Wanna ride Space Mountain, Baby? Listen to today's episode. Carefully.

The Five Elements brings the wisdom of an ancient healing system to modern readers, helping them understand themselves--why they do what they do--better.

Dondi Dahlin shows us that we are all born with individual rhythms that go beyond the influence of our genes and upbringing. The five elements originated in ancient Chinese medicine over 2,000 years ago--when scholars theorized that the universe is composed of five forces: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Understanding these elements helps us stay in balance physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. By explaining the efficacy of wood, the depth of water, the joy of fire, the compassion of earth, and the wisdom of metal, this book helps people understand themselves and form lasting connections to others, answering the age-old question of why we do what we do.

Heal Your Past w/Author Michael Hider

October 20, 2016

Would you like to make perfect peace with your past, regardless of what that despicable person did to you? Regardless of that really stupid, stupid thing you did?

Contrary to conventional thinking, you can have enduring and lasting peace of mind—right now, regardless of what happened in your past. In Spiritual Healing: Making Peace with Your Past, Michael Sage Hider will instill in you the know-how to bravely face and triumphantly slay the Other People Dragon, the Me Dragon, and the Fate Dragon.

William Arntz - The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises

October 19, 2016

What the Bleep do we Know? Remember the life-changing documentary? Well, today we're chatting with its producer, William Arntz, who recently co-authored another life-changing "little" book, The (not so) Little Book of Surprises!

What is Surprise in your life but an instant opportunity for transformation? An unexpected moment that sends you careening into joy and wonder, or spiraling into deep thought and life-changing new awareness.

The (not so) Little Book of Surprises brings all that home in—of course—surprising ways! A mystical journey into consciousness, an exploration of what touches our souls, a laugh you never saw coming, and an inspiration for becoming our better selves are just some of the milestones in store for those embarking on this magical journey.

Created by William Arntz, the filmmaker who brought you What the Bleep Do We Know!?The (not so) Little Book of Surprises takes the poetry, wisdom teachings and otherworldly visions of Deirdre Hade and the exquisite images of award-winning photographer Endre Balogh into a new world of words and pictures, of revelation and delight.

Are You Generous? (Or a Greedy Pencil Neck Geek?)

October 18, 2016

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When defining yourself as generous- or not - do you restrict the meaning of the word to giving others big presents or large sums of money? The concept of generosity carries far greater meaning, one that starts with the heart. In fact, when distilled down to its earlier roots, generosity actually points to the “great soul” within us, one that finds varied ways to express itself liberally in the world. In this podcast, learn some of the finer attributes that constitute generosity. Discover also how we can see ourselves in grander and more gracious fashion, even when others around us are having trouble viewing themselves well. Expect to connect with peace, happiness and a greater measure of well being. Then, listen in as Diane Kutz shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.   #Happiness #Spirituality #SelfDevelopment #Gratitude #Generosity #Peace


Blind, and Overcoming the Odds w/Robert T. Branco

October 14, 2016

Today I, your Favorite French Canucker, go to Perkins School as we chat with Robert Branco about succeeding despite being blind. For those of you with excuses, this will kick you in the butt.

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Robert Branco is a life-long resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Legally blind since birth, Robert attended "sight-saving classes" in the public school system until his parents learned of the Perkins School for the Blind. Robert has self-published four books, including one chronicling his life at Perkins, two collections of essays, and a cookbook. He is currently the publisher of the online newsletter Consumer Vision Magazine, commissioner of an adult slow-pitch softball league, and the president of a bowling league for disabled persons. He also loves sharing his views on numerous issues pertaining to blindness, including legislation, discrimination, employment, adaptive technology, and myths about the visually impaired.

People have lots of questions about the blind. These include what was it like growing up without sight, how did it feel going away to a special school at the age of 12, what was it like living at Perkins School, and so much more. My life experiences have convinced me that there are many people who simply do not feel comfortable asking these kinds of questions, but who really are interested in knowing the answers.

If you, as a sighted person, have ever wondered what a blind person is capable of doing, the answer is that we're no different from the sighted. What we don't know, we are taught.

Robert T. Branco
359 Coggeshall St.
New Bedford, MA 02746

Phone: 508-994-4972

If you are interested in subscribing to Consumer Vision Magazine please contact Bob Branco at (508) 994-4972 or email

Magic, Children, and Purpose w/Jedlie

October 13, 2016

Today, on What's Your Excuse w/Max Ivey, we're naitchin' and riding space mountain with a wheelin' and dealin' kind of a guy: Jedlie!

Jedlie is one of the nation’s most exciting school show performers. He uses positive reinforcement, storytelling, illusions, comedy, music and dance to motivate audiences to make healthy choices, build safe schools, stand up for one another and to be inclusive. 

Jed Doherty, a former licensed, certified social worker, has been inspiring audiences as Jedlie since 1983. Since that time he has brought a magical message of caring and community to millions of hearts throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to thousands of performances in schools, libraries and churches Jedlie has been the headline family entertainer at hundreds of great events. 

One of his most memorable accomplishments was serving as the Producer, Screenwriter and Featured Performer in “MELTDOWN!!! (The Walls That Separate)”. This internationally acclaimed disabilities awareness video was cablecast nationally and seen in classrooms around the World.
He has also successfully completed the Protecting God’s Children safety program, administered by the Archdiocese of Boston. Doherty creates his programs in collaboration with his wife, Carmen Sonia Guerrios-Doherty, M. ED., a veteran special needs teacher in the Boston Public Schools and former member of the Board of Education for the Archdiocese of Boston. The Doherty family lives in Boston and are active members of their community.

Make Dough with your Art w/ Founder Cory Huff

October 12, 2016
What's more fun than making your Art? Nothing much, to be honest, except paying them gimmicks they send in the mail called bills! 

This is a replay of an interview I did back in February 2016 with one of the most sought-after coach and teacher in the biz!

In 2009 Cory started (TAA for short) as a way teaching internet marketing to his artist friends who were asking him for help. Since then, he's helped dozens of artists go from never sold anything to now selling pieces monthly or weekly. Some of his artist friends and clients have gone on to sell their work for $20,000 or more.

He teaches artists to dispel the starving artist myth by using the Web to sell art directly to their fans. If you want to get into a gallery or museum, the marketing skills he teaches can help you do that. Building your own business online can be complimentary to a gallery business for the right artists and galleries.

Creating your Culture

October 11, 2016

Most of us absorb and assimilate into cultures that surround us, but did you know you have a role to play in creating culture, too? We don’t often think about the word, but it provides a powerful topic for anyone wishing to influence positive shift or desiring a more satisfying life experience. In this podcast, we’ll explore some of the definitions of culture. I’ll also share two of my personal stories about how I’ve been a recipient of positive culture and how I had to become a creator of one as well. Prepare to be inspired, empowered and uplifted as you imagine ways you can create culture in your world. Then, listen in to University of South Florida student Sebastian Blumberg share what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

MONEY Smack for Creatives and 9-5 People w/Latasha Kinnard

October 7, 2016


Latasha Kinnard is the Chief Freedom Builder at Start Young Financial Group and the #1 Amazon bestselling author of 20-Something & Rich. Tasha began her career in corporate America where she managed $100 Million Budgets and led some of the biggest brand names in the world to higher profitability. Now, Tasha uses the skills she learned in corporate America to help her clients maximize their income and effectively build for the future.After starting her investing career at the age of 19, Tasha went on to grow her portfolio in the first five years at close to 20% annually and used that money to purchase her first real estate holding.She leads by example to show her clients that no matter what your background may be, financial freedom is possible.

Going forward, Tasha plans to continue leading Millennials on their journey to achieve financial security, freedom, and abundance by promoting cutting-edge strategies that are specific to the Millennial generation.

To Contact Latasha Kinnard:
Phone: 1-858-848-7934

How to be Happy (and not a shmuck) w/ Maura Sweeney

October 6, 2016

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In this episode of What's your Excuse with Max Ivey, we chat with our co-host so that you don't turn into a shmuck in life. No seriously, Maura Sweeney shares her secrets on how to live inspired and maintain your vitality, no matter what age you are. 

Maura Sweeney is an AuthorPodcasterInternational Speaker and HuffPost blogger. Also known as "The Ambassador of Happiness," Maura guides people on the path of “Living Happy – Inside Out.”

This former corporate manager, business owner and home schooling mom stepped out of her comfort zone at midlife and invites others to join her along the way. Maura’s story of learning to dance at age 50 launched her Art of Happiness  series on Amazon and the beginning of fun, ironic and sometimes profound inspiration.

Featured in outlets like, Midlife Boulevard and Britain’s BBC, Maura can be seen around the block or around the globe searching for great people, great stories and good news to share. When not chatting about comfort zones and leadership on radio shows and podcasts, she is probably looking for another reason to laugh. @Maura4u and

Dean Sluyter - Take your Vitamins, say your Prayers…and MEDITATE!

October 5, 2016

Today I, your Favorite French Canucker, go DEEP as we talk one my favorite subject, Meditation? How does it affect your creative life? Why is meditation so important and popular today? Where does it come from? 

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Dean Sluyter (pronounced "slighter") has taught natural methods of meditation since 1970. He is the author of 


several highly acclaimed books and audio programs, including Cinema Nirvana and The Zen Commandments. His latest book, Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice, is an Amazon #1 best seller in stress management and winner of the Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal as 2015's best book on body, mind, and spirit practices. Dean gives talks, workshops, and retreats throughout the United States and beyond, from Ivy League colleges to maximum-security prisons. He and his work have appeared frequently in national media, from National Public Radio and The New York Times to The Dr. Oz Show and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Stop Being Superficial, Be Real

October 4, 2016

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You read the title, right? No, I am not talking about the other gender here, I am talking about YOU, toward YOURSELF. Cut the BS and stop living on the surface, it's time to BE first, then Maura Sweeney says. (in a more gentle way)

In an externalized world, we often seek life everywhere but at its source: our essence! Discover some of the intriguing and powerful definitions for this little referenced word. Learn how it addresses and points to some of the intrinsic and desirable properties of who we truly are. If you’ve been looking to increase your sense of happiness and connect with your true life, tune in to this latest podcast which is all about your “be-ing” rather than your do-ing. Then, listen to Guy Djoken, director of the UNESCO Center for Peace, share what makes him happy from the inside out, too.    


Dimitri Moraitis - Stuck? Change your Aura, Change your Life

September 30, 2016

Dimitri Moraitis is an accomplished metaphysical teacher, healer and is co-author of Communing with the DivineKarma and ReincarnationThe Healing Power of Your Aura andChange Your Aura, Change Your Life.

Originally trained in Film/TV, Dimitri redirected his life's work early to pursue the path of metaphysics. Having worked with Barbara Y. Martin and metaphysics for 30 years, Dimitri has been instrumental in organizing the teaching material and bringing Spiritual Arts Institute to the place it is today. He is an eloquent speaker on a wide variety of spiritual topics. He has lectured across the country, appeared on numerous radio shows and teaches workshops and classes offered at the Institute with Barbara.

Coaches: Do You Smell What Marc Mawhinney Cooking?

September 29, 2016


Max Ivey, host of What's Your Excuse, and I, your favorite Canuck, chat about what it takes to a great coach! We all need one, yes, even you...stubborn creatives! 

Marc Mawhinney is on a mission to help coaches build stronger businesses!  He has a passion for entrepreneurship, having started a number of businesses in his life and growing one to 100 employees. 

After becoming a coach, he saw the struggles that coaches face while trying to build their businesses, and decided to do something about it!  He launched “Natural Born Coaches” - a podcast to help coaches grow their businesses – and also has his coaching programs and a popular Facebook group: “The Coaching Jungle”.  

Marc frequently makes media appearances and is a contributor for  You can learn more about him at!

Social Media Links:

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Keep going NO MATTER WHAT w/ Author and Podcaster Timo!

September 28, 2016

timo-headshot-2016I, Frederic Bye, your favorite French-Canucker, along with the Queen of Yellow, Vanessa Mbamarah, chat with author and podcaster Timo! Brothas and Sistas, egg sucking dogs have no power over your life!
Read his story below for a fascinating conversation:
"I have written a book called Growing Up Nobody where I talk about being raised in a dysfunctional home. My dad suffered from mental illness.  He was diagnosed with depression and paranoia.  His insecurities made our home life difficult and it was only made worse when he lost his dream job.  He became angry and bitter as his family started to fall apart and when my mom left him he fell into a downward spire and never recovered.  I was left to tend to him and his mental illness as my mom moved to California and remarried.  I was 17.  Over the next 5 years I would find myself dealing with his delusional thoughts, anger, and his declining mental state which was made worse when my mom suddenly died.  He believed that our family would once again be reunited.  I then had the task of raising my sister and taking care of my dad until he died three years after my mom.  I was 24 by the time all of these events occurred.  In between I also had my own personal failures including a marriage. 
Thankfully, I became a Christian at age 40, and this helped me to forgive the people who had hurt me as well as helping me to forgive myself. Forgiveness is the biggest part of my book.  I believe it helps people live a better life when you forgive those who hurt you.  Because of forgiveness I was able to let go of the anger I carried around for my dad and many others. 
Now days, I am a husband, father (of 3) and a business owner.  I helped develop a men's ministry at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo where I help men become better husbands and fathers and help inspire others with my story.  I host a podcast called "The Timo Show" where I interview interesting people who have a story to tell about their lives and are now helping others.  My wife and I host Bible studies, marriage classes, and have recently started to write for a site called"

Is Your Silence Golden?

September 27, 2016

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Are you choosing when to speak and when to be silent, too? In this podcast, we explore the old adage “Silence is golden” that dates back to the early Egyptians. Using a bit of observation with life scenarios common to us all, we’ll discover new ways to inject peace into our own lives and into the lives of others as well. Enjoy this inspiring self-empowerment episode that reminds you of your own power to positively influence the world around you. Then, listen in as Helena from Bosnia & Herzegovina shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.   #Inspiration #Empowerment #Happiness #Spirituality

Law of Attraction, Purpose, and Business w/ Jan Moore

September 23, 2016


Frederic Bye welcomes Jan Moore who is a Spiritual Empowerment & Intuitive Success Coach/Mentor and Trainer. 

Jan Moore helps enlightened executives, entrepreneurs, coaches and healers step into their power, live their truth and fulfill their purpose so they create a thriving professional and personal life that they love. Jan is a certified professional life and executive coach/mentor and creator of the “Empower Your Life: Achieve Your Dreams” program and she's the author of 'Dream Achievers Success Kit' and 'Empowered Manifestation'.

Jan specializes in personal empowerment, providing practical life and business success strategies combined with intuitive guidance and sprinkled with spiritual/metaphysical principles.

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Visit Jan’s website,  and pick up a free copy of her Dream Achievers Success Kit.

Blogging from Paradise w/ Ryan Biddulph

September 22, 2016
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon to help you with your most painful blogging mistakes. If you're struggling with your blog and feel overwhelmed with blogging information overload, Ryan can help you increase your blog traffic, comments and online income at Blogging From Paradise.

Former NFL Player JJ Birden on Opportunity and Success

September 21, 2016


JJ Birden was a graduate and two sports star athlete from the University of Oregon. After college, he went on to the NFL where he played nine years with such teams as the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons. The bulk of his career he was with the Chiefs where he played two years with Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe Montana.

JJ's hard work ethic and intensity carried over to his personal and professional life. Since leaving the NFL, JJ has owned and operated several profitable businesses in the Health and Wellness Industry. He is experienced as an entrepreneur, keynote motivational speaker, elite trainer and success coach and now a best-selling author with the release of his first book, “When Opportunity Knocks 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage!”  He currently lives in Scottsdale Arizona with his lovely wife Raina and their children.

This year, he's been very busy on the speaking circuit. Speaking for such companies as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Ivy Funds, Isagenix, Rise Athletics, West USA Realty and various high schools.

Have You Discovered the Beauty of You?

September 20, 2016

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Whether you realize it or not, there is a beauty that is waiting to be discovered in you. We often reduce our ideas about beauty into narrow categories that restrict our awareness and experience of beauty. But there are definitions to beauty that far exceed our imagination and beg for disclosure in and through your life. Join me in this podcast as we take a look at fuller definitions of beauty and consider how limiting our traditional senses are to perceive it. You’ll come away with an increased consciousness and expectation of what’s yet to be manifested about true and lasting beauty. Inspiration, empowerment and self-help for anyone seeking to better their own life experience and the experience of others around them. Then, listen to coach and fellow podcaster Jody Flynn as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.   #Beauty #Inspiration #Empowerment #Happiness

Military, Crayon Boxes, and Entrepreneurship w/ Shannon Challender

September 16, 2016


Shannon Challender's particular journey in the military, law, and finally entrepreneurship taught him the importance of overcoming challenges and setting goals for oneself. An officer at the age of 20, he learned quickly how to deal with others and most importantly overcoming challenges. During this insightful interview, Shannon goes in depth about the day the Berlin Wall came down - he was right in the middle of it -, he talks about his tough time in the military and introduces us to his latest company - Readyxo - as he is doing a Kickstarter Campaign for The Last Crayon Box You Will Ever Need.