Holistic Health Coach (with Leah Kirpalani)

Life, more specifically modern life in the modern world, puts a lot of stress on our minds and bodies.  For 99% of human existence on this planet people did and didn’t do things quite differently from how they do or don’t do them now.  They did have long portions of every day where they got to be quiet, and just listen to nature.  They did follow the natural cycles of the sun and the moon.  They did not eat processed or made in a lab food.  They did not sit at a desk using their brains at max capacity for the majority of their day.  They did not put strange man-made chemicals on their skin to make themselves smell better or look more attractive.  Some of these things have really only started to change in the last 50-100 years.  While last century we thought we were making everything ‘better by science’, this century we seem to be seeing more and more people that are sick and tired with no concrete answer as to why.  I would venture to say that there is more than just a correlation there.  Today’s guest noticed the same correlation for herself, while suffering a slew of health complications in her 20s, and decided to do something about it.

Indie Magazine Creator (with Tam Le & Courtney Wedel)

The younger generations of today are unfairly saddled with a myriad of judgements and prejudices.  They’re obsessed with technology.  And yet they're the ones who brought back vinyl, film, and are still interested in print.  They’re self absorbed.  And yet they’re the ones who above all else just want to have a job with a purpose that helps the world.  They’re too busy with their technology to pay attention to what’s around them.  And yet they’re the ones that look at life through an artistic lens and see the things that most of us miss.  Today I interview two young women who showcase all of these points.  They created a beautiful magazine called Slope & Swell.  They’ll explain their inspiration for the magazine and their desire to not just make another blog.

Acupuncture (with Joyce Kawalchuk)

There are a lot of things in this world that I don’t understand.  I guess that’s why I started this podcast.  You'd think that I would usually be awed and baffled by new technology, but it’s typically stuff that wasn’t made in this millennia that has me looking like that super cute thinking emoji 🤔.  Fax machines? Get outta here.  Radio broadcasting?  Basically witchcraft.  Commercial flight?  You can talk about drag and lift until you’re blue in the face, but I still can’t wrap my head around a 500 passenger plane when I look at one.  And then there are things much, MUCH further back that I still can’t grasp.  Today we learn about a really amazing one of those things, acupuncture.  Acupuncturist Joyce Kawalchuk will educate us about the 2,000-3,000 year old art.

Branding & Design Consultant (with Jenn Murray)

Starting your own business can be quite the undertaking.  You have to learn about SO much in order to get your business off the ground.  One of those things that is increasingly taking up entrepreneurs’ time is simply trying to look good.  Nice design, tight branding…things that give the appearance that you actually know what you’re doing.  Things that show the world that you belong here.  The problem is that most entrepreneurs have no idea how to make great design or great branding, so they either spend a lot of money to hire someone to do it for them or they spend time and frustration trial and erroring their way to something decent.  Today’s guest, Jenn Murray, is here to put an end to that.

Olfactory Expert (with Dawn Goldworm)

Let’s play a game.  I want you to imagine that you are confronted by a nefarious magical being and said NMB says to you, “I am going to take one of your five major senses, but you may keep the other four”.  So first you try to remember what your five senses are, and you remember that you have sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.  Next you go down the line and think of how each one has been a part of your life in recent and distant memory, trying to asses which would be the most live-withoutable.  Which do you land on?  Which is the sense that you are okay with leaving behind?  I have a pretty good feeling that today's guest just might change your answer to that question.  Dawn is an olfactive expert and helps develop scents for companies all over the world.  And not just scents to make you think, “oh that smells nice”, but scents to make you have a particular experience.  She’ll explain just how impactful scent is in your life, and the hidden ways it’s probably impacting you right now.

Blogger & Author (with Geraldine DeRuiter)

‘A penny for your thoughts?’  An interesting question, isn’t it?  It sure doesn't place a whole lot of value on your thoughts.  Our thoughts, feelings, experiences, people just don’t care that much about them.  Everyone’s got their own problems and they definitely don't want to hear mine.  Yet somehow, some people are paid for their thoughts, more than a penny in fact, and it’s not just famous people.  Thanks to the internet regular people just like you and me are sharing their lives and finding that people value what they have to share.  Today’s guest, Geraldine DeRuiter of The Everywhereist, shares her award-winning-blog-book-deal-getting journey with us.

Opera Singer (with Chelsea Friedlander)

Have you ever considered how difficult it must be to be a live stage performer?  You have to brave getting up on a stage, bright lights abound, all eyes focused on you.  You have to remember your lines, so many lines.  Life for the actor or actress can be pretty scary.  And if you’re an opera performer like today’s guest thats only the start of it.  The lines that Chelsea needs to memorize are typically in a foreign language that she doesn’t know.  Then, when she gets on stage, she has to sing her lines in perfect pitch, and in such a booming way that without amplification it fills the entire theatre.  It takes a lot of training to be able to do what Chelsea does, and she’ll tell us all about it.

SEO Expert (with Britney Muller)

SEO.  Search. Engine. Optimization.  Not exactly the three sexiest words in the English language.  In fact, I’d be willing to bet that if you checked your own internal ‘search engine’ those words are barely registering as something that you want to learn about.  However, you might be, like me, saying to yourself, “It is a really big part of the world though, so maybe I should at least learn about it, as boring as that will be.”  All I can say is, you’ve taken the first right step, and you are in AMAZING hands with today’s guest, Britney Muller.  I can assure that what Britney has to say is far from boring, and it might even have you messing with the internet by the end of the episode.  It’s time we take SEO from geek to chic.

Structural Engineer (with Jaclyn Lee)

Buildings (and all sorts of other structures) can be pretty darn cool.  The Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, The Sydney Opera House, the list of incredible buildings goes on and on.  Usually we praise these buildings for their aesthetics, like a bunch of shallow people whose moms never told them that beauty is on the inside.  Today’s guest is here to remind us that without the inside, there would be no outside.  She makes sure that the value of a building is more than skin deep, and helps save plenty of lives in the process.

Animation Story Artist & Director (with Leo Matsuda)

I don’t know about you, but I sure do love animated movies.  The worlds that the artists and directors create are so full of wonder and magic.  Animation is also the modern day home of the allegorical tale.  Many live-action movies have forgone having a moral or some deeper story to tell, in favor of just being a straight shot of ‘action’ or ‘romance’.  Somehow, movies for “children” have become the best place for complex, deep stories that are deeply profound no matter your age.  Today’s guest, Leo Matsuda, is a director of one such very deep and profound Disney short, Inner Workings.  He has also worked as a story artist on many other big name films.  We’ll discuss the animation industry, the magic of Disney, and the philosophical messages in Inner Workings.

Talk Show Host Assistant (with Katie)

I don’t know about you, but I sure want to have a job that I love.  Isn’t that a pretty universal goal in life?  To be one of those lucky people who says, “It doesn’t even feel like work to me”.  Until you get that job you just pretty much hate people like that, but you really, really want to be one of them.  Today’s guest thought she found that job.  It’s an amazing job, and you’ll hear all about it.  You might even decide that it’s your dream job.  For her it turned out to be fool’s gold.  She’ll explain why and how she went about fixing it…and she’ll tell us some pretty good celebrity stories too.

Neuro-linguistic Programming Expert (with Mike Bundrant)

Most of us do not achieve all the things that we want to in life.  We see this as a given, that’s life.  But if we sit down and really analyze the things we fall short on, we might start to understand more about ourselves and what it is that is holding us back from what we want.  How do we talk to ourselves about losing weight?  How do we see ourselves when we have achieved the success we are going after?  How do we feel when we think about our life being completely different than it is right now?  Neuro-linguistic Programming is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy that aims to know these things.  Unlike many forms of therapy, NLP doesn’t need to know WHY you have problems with your mother, NLP just wants to know HOW you think about your mother and will help you reshape that thought.  For this reason it has made quite a splash in the personal development / self help scene.  Today we speak with a true expert on the topic, founder of iNLP, Mike Bundrant.

Repurposed Food Producer (with Dan Kurzrock)

We’ve gotten to a point as a species where we are pretty damn wasteful.  Gone are the harmonious days of us living and working in conjunction with nature.  Today we get massive portions of food and then throw away our leftovers.  We fill landfills with packaging and the byproducts of manufacturing.  There is no circle of life, there is simply waste.  Luckily, some amazing new companies have been created that aim to tackle this problem.  Today’s guest repurposes used beer grain from urban breweries to make delicious and nutritious grain bars.  As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Boutique Shop Owner (with Lauren Danuser)

Today’s business landscape is a lot different than the one our parents grew up with.  It’s seems more and more business are launching online and having a physical space is simply not needed.  Why spend the time and effort of opening your own store when you could just put everything online and not have to worry about the same overhead?  I’ll tell you why.  It’s romantic.  It’s a way to connect with where you live.  And for lack of a bigger vocabulary, it’s really awesome.  Picture waking up in the morning, making yourself a cup of coffee and then diving to your shop, the shop that you own.  You put the keys in the door, and walk in.  It’s quiet and peaceful, but you know that in a few hours people will be coming and going and you will meet a lot of them.  You look around your beautiful little store and think, I belong here.  Sometimes owning the largest liquor distributor online is cool.  Sometimes owning the little bar from Cheers, where everyone knows your name, is even cooler.  Today’s guest, Lauren Danuser, explains the trails, tribulations, and wonderfulness of owning your own brick and mortar store.

Navy Diver (with Steve Hentze)

When most of us think about the military we think of guns, combat, and camo.  There are, however, many different branches of the military.  While all are fully trained for combat, some are a far cry from the default image that we conjure up in our heads.  Today’s guest spent a good portion of his life with the Seabees, a smaller group of an already small group of naval divers.  The Seabees, a heterograph of C.B., are members of the naval construction battalion, and they help to ensure that fixed underwater structures are kept in working condition.  They also get to blow stuff up.

America's Fittest Trucker (with Siphiwe Baleka)

Living a healthy life can be hard.  It can be really hard.  It’s the whole lifestyle part that gets in the way.  It’s easy enough to eat healthy when you’re quarantined at home and surrounded by healthy food that you bought, no alcohol, and lots of motivation, but it can be really hard the moment we step out our front door.  It’s not so easy to be healthy and fit when we sit at a desk for 9 hours a day.  It’s also not so easy to be healthy and fit when it seems like we are surrounded by over-processed, high sugar, high carbohydrate food.  When you’re on the go, what are you supposed to do?  Today’s guest, Siphiwe Baleka, learned just how intense this issue could be when he decided to become a truck driver.  Out on the road with no schedule, clean food, or gym nearby Siphiwe gained over 10% of his body weight in his very first 2 months.  Rather than resign himself to the fact that that was just going to be his new life, Siphiwe decided to do something about it.  Over time, he developed a plan to make himself the fittest trucker in America, and now he helps truckers across the country follow in his footsteps.

Networker (with Emily Merrell)

They say that with age comes wisdom, and while I’m not sure if that’s true, I have definitely picked up on a few things over the course of my time on this Earth.  One thing I’ve noticed is that many cliché sayings are far more than just cliché.  They are as true as true can get.  They are wisdom in a tiny, bite-sized morsel.  A great example of this is, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.  Every one of us has benefited in some way from knowing someone at some time in our lives.  Maybe it was as small as getting a discount at a local business.  Maybe it was as large as getting an interview for a job that ended up cascading into your lifelong career.  Maybe it was someone introducing you to the love of your life.  No amount of interview prep or reading ‘Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus’ could get you in front of the right people at the right time.  This begs the question, why do we not focus more time on trying to get out there and meet more people?  Why do we not build our networks to allow more of these wonderful things to happen in our lives?  Today’s guest is a networking natural and decided to start a matchmaking/networking business.  Emily helps people build their networks with like-minded, amazing people that just might be able to help move the needle in their lives.

Land Investor (with Mark Podolsky, The Land Geek)

Money.  It’s one of those things that most of us spend a little too much time thinking about and could probably use a little more of.  Today’s guest, Mark Podolsky, was very much like the rest of us until one day a friend introduced him to the concept of land investing.  Rather than flipping real estate, just buying raw land and turning around and selling it for a quick profit.  A massive, quick profit.  Mark thought his friend was making it sound too good to be true, but sure enough, his first piece of land he sold for close to 10x what he bought it for.  Now, many years later, Mark has built a 7 figure business buying and selling land, and he now educates people on how they can do the same.  Over three episodes Mark will explain the basics of the process to us and defend his claim that land investing is the best passive income model around.

Veterinary Surgical Oncologist (with Dr. Sarah Boston)

Most of us, at some point in our lives, have a pet that is one of our best friends.  I, for one, am a dog person.  I absolutely love it whenever I’m out and about and I get to meet a new dog.  I also own two dogs who, next to my wife, make me laugh and smile and fill me up with good emotions more than anybody else in my life.  They call dogs ‘Man’s best friend’, and to me that sounds about right, but I definitely believe that any pet can fill that best friend role.  It makes sense then that we would treat our pets with the same level of love and care that we treat anyone else when they get sick.  Today’s guest, Dr. Sarah Boston, is one of 50 fellowship trained surgical vet oncologists in the world.  If your dog or cat gets cancer, she is the amazing person you would want to treat them.