Rank #1: Pivot Like You Mean It with Kate McCulley
Kate McCulley, better known as Adventurous Kate, is the publisher of AdventurousKate.com, a renowned women’s solo travel blog. Along with being a prolific travel blogger, Kate knows how to pivot and she has adapted incredibly well to the times.
When the travel industry ground to a halt, Kate made strategic decisions that have allowed her to stay connected to her enthusiasm while continually uplifting other women.
Kate shares actionable tips from her Patreon course, where she teaches creatives how to leverage the platform. She also discusses the power of an engaged community, the distinction between positive and negative meditation, and what you should ask yourself if you need to make a pivot in your life.
While most of us can’t say we survived a shipwreck in Indonesia like Kate, we can certainly relate to Kate’s story of perseverance after living through 2020. A year filled with disruptions and loss, 2020 forced many of us to pivot...whether we wanted to or not. Kate shows us how beautiful change can be if we flow with the changing tide.
Show Notes: https://loveyourenthusiasm.com/pivot-like-you-mean-it-with-kate-mcculley/
Jan 10 2021
Rank #2: Being a Life Enthusiast with Britt Skrabanek
To kick off the new year on a fresh note, we are mixing things up for the first episode of 2021 with a Love Your Enthusiasm host takeover. Britt Skrabanek is interviewed by a guest from the early days, author Victoria Dougherty, talking about being a life enthusiast.
After being on the air for nearly eight months, Britt thought it was a good idea for you to get to know her a bit more by being in the guest hot seat herself.
In this episode, Britt talks about holding onto your life enthusiasm and understanding the power of taking a step back to revitalize your spirit. Britt discusses how words and movement are interlinked, managing expectations and perfectionism, and the realities of paying your dues with new endeavors.
Life is too beautiful and complex and full of adventures...we don’t have to settle on just one thing if we don’t want to. Being a life enthusiast is all about approaching life and everything in it with gusto. Get ready to approach this new year with a renewed sense of wonder and purpose.
Show Notes: https://loveyourenthusiasm.com/being-a-life-enthusiast-britt-skrabanek/
Jan 03 2021
Rank #3: What to Take with You From 2020
Talking about 2020 is enough to make most of us want to curl up in the fetal position until the year is over. Why on earth would we want to reflect on a year that was synonymous with loss, uncertainty, and disruption? Because loss often goes hand-in-hand with beautiful and unexpected gains.
In this special end-of-the-year episode, Britt talks about how this year impacted our enthusiasm and what we can take with us into 2021.
As the year draws to a close, many of us are falling into the trap of thinking 2021 will automatically be better. This fragile “I’ll be happy when...” mindset not only puts pressure on us but also creates a host of unrealistic expectations.
The reality is that we cannot know that a new year will signal a turning tide. So rather than putting all of our happiness eggs in one basket, we should instead use our 2020 experience as a foundation for meaningful and positive change.
Take a moment to explore this idea of “hindsight is 20/20” so you don’t forget to look back and learn from your experiences before you move on.
Dec 13 2020
Rank #4: Breathe, Focus, and Be Fierce with Carolyn Colleen
During difficult periods, we are told to take things one day at a time. But what if even that seems like too much? Carolyn Colleen, the founder of FIERCE Network, believes that by taking things five minutes at a time, we find what serves us best.
Hardships have been the name of the game this year. While it’s all too easy to write off 2020 as a total loss, Carolyn believes that by reflecting on what we have gained, we see how resilient and resourceful we really are. Carolyn talks about how struggles in her own life led her to create the Breathe, Focus, and Fierce Action (BFF) technique—and how you can use this technique to overcome adversity in your own life.
Change is never going to be easy. But once you make the choice for things to be different, you understand that staying stuck is ultimately the harder thing to do. Carolyn’s approach will help you use difficult emotions as fuel to propel you forward, so you have the power and courage to keep going.
Dec 06 2020
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Rank #5: Sharing the Beauty of Sharks with Mareike Dornhege
As a shark ecologist, explorer, divemaster, and one of the only women to host Shark Week 2020, Dr. Mareike Dornhege is making great strides in challenging the perception of sharks and sharing their beauty with the world.
When most of us think about sharks, the likely images that come to mind are of those of monsters eating humans. However, this could not be further from the truth. As someone who loves to root for the underdog, it was natural for Mareike to be enamored by sharks. She understands that these creatures, like all living beings on earth, need to be treated with respect and care.
The lessons we can learn from Mareike’s shark research and encounters extend far beyond the ocean. By having an open mind and heart—and truly trying to understand other beings—we will find beauty in the most unexpected places.
Nov 29 2020
Rank #6: Choosing Empowerment Over Fear with Angela Ortiz
Angela Ortiz is the CEO of Place To Grow, a volunteer-led nonprofit that strives to connect and inspire a rising generation of leaders in disaster-stricken Tohoku communities. Angela believes that by embracing fear, we empower ourselves so that we may empower others.
After seeing the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear meltdown in Tohuku, Japan (known as 3/11), it was only by overcoming the trauma of her experience that Angela was able to take on the monumental responsibility of a social impact career. As someone who works in a vulnerable, heartbreaking, and demanding space, Angela shares thoughtful ways to care for causes and communities without sacrificing ourselves.
Social impact achieves its aim when we choose to lead with empowerment. Angela will show you how to pull yourself out of a place of fear so you can empower yourself and those around you.
Nov 18 2020
Rank #7: Balancing Business and Life with Violette de Ayala
For Violette de Ayala, the founder of FemCity, life is truly what you make of it. When you step into your power and create your own life, the possibilities are infinite.
While venturing out on your own may seem daunting, Violette believes that for women, running a business is the most powerful way to create a life on your terms. Being an entrepreneur comes with plenty of stress and overwhelm. Violette gives her take on finding balance and why we should focus on areas of happiness, health, and wealth.
This is undoubtedly a time for rebirth...how you choose to move forward is your choice. Do you want to stay stuck? Or, do you want to apply the lessons you've learned to design the life you want?
Nov 11 2020
Rank #8: Lowering Your Cost of Living
Many of us don’t like to talk or think about money, but there is a direct correlation between your finances and your passion. This week Britt brings you another solo show, where she explores topics that positively and/or negatively impact your enthusiasm—this discussion is all about taking a long look at your cost of living.
In this episode, Britt talks about balancing your finances to protect your enthusiasm—and why focusing only on income-generating activities will drain your time and energy reserves.
Having lived and left the West Coast twice, Britt has seen firsthand how lowering your cost of living can raise your quality of life. She shares her own experience, where she lost her love for writing blogs and books to maintain a life in Portland, Oregon and how moving back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and gaining financial relief helped reignite her creative passions.
Britt expands on The Wheel of Life and the Money Dial, and how to use these tools to get your finances back on track. You’ll also hear tips on prioritizing how you spend money, decreasing costs and increasing efficiency, and making a calculated decision to move to a more affordable city.
It’s not about chasing money...it’s about using money as a tool. If your finances are more balanced, it’s easier to focus on your passion because you have less stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. If your finances are out of whack, it’s time to address this area in your life. And, lowering your cost of living plays an important role.
Oct 25 2020
Rank #9: Live Your Best Life Authentically with Alison Armstrong
The phrase “Live your best life” gets thrown around so much that it has become devoid of any true meaning. However, today’s guest, travel writer and photographer, Alison Armstrong, is the absolute embodiment of this adage.
Every day we get bombarded by hyper-curated lifestyle aspirations on social media. Alison understands our best life is not about external markers of success, but about following our inner calling. Alison expands on why even though she has made unconventional choices, these decisions never felt difficult to make. She also shares the work she has done to collapse her limiting beliefs and why we should lean into our feelings of being stuck.
Living authentically means listening to your truth. Whether you want to climb the corporate ladder or live out of a suitcase, as long as you are doing what you are called to do, Alison believes you most certainly are living your best life.
Oct 18 2020
Rank #10: Tap into Your Creative Forces with Kate Johnston
For writing coach and author, Kate Johnston, creativity is the cornerstone of a joyful and fulfilled life. By tapping into her creative forces, she has learned, healed, and evolved.
Kate’s approach to writing and teaching is honest and mindful. By starting from a place of self-inquiry and curiosity, writers can learn more about who they are and create from there. Kate believes we find lessons at every turn when we understand that what we are going through—either good or bad—is not the truth, but merely an experience.
Kate is truly the embodiment of what it means to live a joyful creative life. Her insights into obstacles, expansion, and creation are especially affirming in light of the tough times we find ourselves in.
Oct 11 2020