048: Tuning into your body using mindfulness with Peggy Farah

Peggy Farah, LMHC is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor and Workshop facilitator, and The Founder of The Deeper Cravings Path™ (food and body recovery curriculum) and Release™ (women’s art and meditation retreats). Peggy has a Masters in Psychotherapy and Spirituality and has worked in the field of mental health and emotional health for over 20 years. In the early part of her career she supported children and youth through critical illness, grief and loss, then went on to work in various senior management roles in nonprofit organizations and has now been in private practice for the past 6 years providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples. Peggy is passionate about helping others awaken to their lives through mindfulness and nourishing what they are truly hungry for. Join us this week as we discuss:

  • The act of deep noticing
  • Sensory Experience
  • That’s where life happens
  • Everything should have made me happy
  • If you’re looking at a leaf
  • An incredible tool to return home
  • It’s in the dishes
  • Opening up to your physical experience
  • Finding boundaries
  • High Conflict Moment
  • Yes, there’s going to be pain
  • Real magic of life
  • Keep your boat steady

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Recommended Resources

You can learn more about Peggy and her upcoming retreat and workshops by visiting and joining her mailing list. If you are interested in meeting Peggy for a complimentary consultation to explore working with her in therapy contact her at

047: Building community during a tough transition with Michael O’Brien

Michael O’Brien is a sales and marketing executive business coach who helps leaders understand their internal feelings of worry and doubt so they can achieve success for themselves and their teams. Before starting his executive coaching firm, Peloton Coaching and Consulting, Michael spent over two decades in the pharmaceutical and bio industry in roles that ranged from sales to marketing to executive leadership.Before launching into his coaching career, Michael experienced a life-altering event that ruptured his worldview. On July 11th, 2001, he was struck head-on by a speeding SUV while out on a training bike ride. Now, Michael considers shares his journey from being a human doer to a human being in his bestselling memoir, Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows. All the proceeds from the book go to the World Bicycle Relief.

Join us this week as we discuss:

  • Who am I today?
  • Living the script
  • The helmet saved my life
  • You lived for a reason
  • Man’s search for meaning
  • From victim to victor
  • My last bad day
  • Pedal stroke by pedal stroke
  • Bathroom humor
  • Hospital Branding
  • It’s not a solo project
  • Our lawn needs mowed
  • 3 types of people
  • I have forgiven them

Contact Michael O’Brien






Recommended Resources

Get your copy of my best-selling book: Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows

046: Widowed Parenting with Jenny Lisk

It all started for Jenny when her husband said one evening that he’d been feeling a bit dizzy. No big deal, right? Call the doctor, get to the bottom of it…boom…fixed!? Not quite. A simple trip to internal medicine and an MRI turned into brain surgery two days later, followed by a diagnosis of brain cancer (glioblastoma … same type as John McCain, Beau Biden, Teddy Kennedy). And then 8 months of cancer & caregiving, and then he was gone. She set out to write the book that she wanted so desperately to find when she first became a widowed parent at the age of 43. She wanted to know what to expect. Kind of like that book “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” But more like “what to expect when the other parent dies.” She had been kicking the idea of a podcast around for over two years, trying to figure out what approach would make sense.-because she’s not a therapist or a grief counselor. Jenny Lisk is the host of a podcast called The Widowed Parent. Her shows offers advice and her story as a fellow widowed parent on a mission … a mission to help her kids to somehow thrive in spite of their terrible loss. Join us this week as we discuss:

  • A death sentence
  • At what point do I need to step in
  • I had to jump into action
  • No Bucket List Experience
  • I think maybe I have cancer
  • That sounds awful
  • I guess that’s just how I am these days
  • Interesting, because I’m not an artist
  • You can’t pause parenting
  • Getting over ‘Why Me’
  • How do I know what issue this is?
  • Poke at it further
  • Grief is not a problem to be fixed
  • That would be doubly tragic
  • I need to figure out how to build a website
  • Extending their legacy

Recommended Resources

Free guide “What I’ve learned about widowed parenting”:


The Widowed Parent Podcast:


Megan’s Cards for Cancer:


My recent Thrive Global piece “How Becoming A Young Widow Taught Me To Turn Grief Into Action”:

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045: Retirement and finding your origin story with Brian Jaeger

Brian Jaeger’s mission is supporting the dignity of good work. He brings a legacy of entrepreneurialism, career development, and transformation-centered work to his company, InsideWorks. His career highlights include business partnerships, I.T. leadership training, teaching, championing business incubators and influencing over 500 startup businesses. Launched in 2012, InsideWorks was awarded the 2016 Washington State Small Firm of the Year award for achievement championing people living with a disability to become self-employed. Since 2016 he has been researching and scratching out content for a book with a working title: What’s Your Retirementality? A Guide for Individuals and Companies. He supports individuals by helping them thrive in the next chapter of their life, and works with companies who do not want to lose their brain trust when employees break away. Brian is fanatical about motivating individuals to thrive through work that matters. During this week’s episode, Brian talks about the importance of finding your origin story as as you approach retirement. Join us as we discuss:

  • We abandoned that, because of transition
  • It was a silent experience
  • There was a necessity, not a passion
  • Every transition is unique
  • It’s loneliness
  • Water cooler conversations
  • I had this ‘A-ha’
  • Enlightened self-interest
  • Best thing we can do is stop and reflect
  • A period of tension
  • Embracing limitations
  • Boredom
  • Gratitude in the moment
  • Seed, water, plant, nurture
  • We’re all in this together

Recommended Resources

Pioneer Barber Company

Contact Brian




044: Learn What You Love, Fight What You Hate with Curtis Romjue

Curtis Romjue serves as President of First Aid Arts. He was raised in the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific Northwest. In 2003 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seattle Pacific University where he studied Latin American Studies and Philosophy. He traveled extensively during college and learned about modern slavery. He developed the philosophy “Do what you love to fight what you hate” and formed JUBILEE in 2004 as the first 501(c)(3) nonprofit rock band in the United States using music to combat human trafficking. Curtis has worked closely with International Justice Mission since 2003 and developed First Aid Arts in response to the needs of IJM social workers serving survivors of sex trafficking and slave labor.  In this episode, Curtis shares about his calling in the world and how he pieced together the clues to find it.  Join us as we discuss:

  • Before the internet, before cell phones
  • Vitamin D
  • Lower defenses and build connections
  • Led Zeppelin, Gandhi and Bob Marley
  • It was more than the $800 sun glasses
  • Do what you love to fight what you hate
  • Things that are good are also wise
  • They started drawing what they couldn’t say
  • In order to not feel pain, in order to survive
  • Okay, I’m not an artist
  • Everyone has brokenness

Recommended Resources

First Aid Arts has an upcoming training in Seattle on August 9th and 10th. Anyone can attend, and registration is now live. Come learn how the arts offer beautiful healing and help to defend against the negative impacts of trauma and the toxic stress we all experience in our daily lives. Learn science-based, practical skills to use in your life and to share with the people you love. Visit for all the details and to save your spot. Trainings fill up quickly, so sign up today at

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043: From Victim to Agent of Creativity with Corey Blake

Corey Blake began his storytelling career as an actor, starring in one of the 50 greatest Superbowl commercials of all time (Mountain Dew, Bohemian Rhapsody) and in campaigns for American Express, Miller Beer, Mitsubishi, Wrigley’s Gum, Hasbro, and other name brands. Today, Corey is the founder and CEO of Round Table Companies (RTC), the publisher of Conscious Capitalism Press, and a speaker, artist, and storyteller. He has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal and his work in storytelling has been quoted/featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Inc., Forbes, and Wired Magazines. Corey pioneered the business comic book, packaging and publishing dozens of titles—including best sellers by Tony Hsieh, Marshall Goldsmith, and Robert Cialdini, and has spent over a decade guiding CEOs, founders, and thought leaders to set up a storytelling ecosystem around their brand, including writing the book they were born to write. His work has yielded 15 Independent Publisher Awards, a Belding, a Bronze Lion, and a London International Advertising Award. His articles have been published in Writer Magazine, and on FastCompany, and The Huffington Post. He is also the creator of the Vulnerability Wall—whose clients include Microsoft, ADP, Marketo, and Workday—and the Vulnerability is SexyTM card game. His documentary of the same name won 2017 ADDY and HERMES awards for branded content. Corey travels around the country delivering keynotes and facilitating storytelling workshops for organizations of all sizes. In this episode, Corey shares from two early career transitions that helped him reframe some personal beliefs and eventually helped him go from victim to creative agent. Join us as we discuss:

  • Vulnerability is sexy
  • What a kick off to a career
  • Tension pulling me apart
  • I was really good at building that mountain
  • No sense of self-identity
  • A little poke of who I might be
  • I was struggling with my manhood
  • A part of me liked it
  • That superpower was accessible
  • Freedom from narratives, becoming the author
  • From Victim to agent
  • We are all beautiful creatures

Contact Corey





Recommended Resources

TEDx talk on Vulnerability.

Round Table Companies

Conscious Capitalism Press


042: Finding life through stage 4 breast cancer with Heather Abbott

Heather Abbott is a speaker, therapist, storyteller, gardener, beloved wife, and mother of three busy daughters. In the fall of 2017 she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and spent the next 9 months in full time treatment. She is now cancer-free and spending her time with her kids, writing her books, and speaking about the power of hope in dark places. Join us this week as Heather takes us on her journey of finding out she had cancer, being a mother and being a cancer survivor.

  • Recognizing your value from where you came from
  • An extended, extended leave
  • Pioneer women did the Oregon trail, you can do this!
  • You can grab onto those, and believe those
  • It’s a complex cocktail
  • That’s not going to help me
  • I took the dumb and dumber approach
  • Not minimizing that this is hard
  • We are going into our nomans land
  • Not all the light has come back

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041: Finding dreams after traumatic loss with Jessie Owens

Jessie is an adventurous, spirited, silly person whose path was traumatically interrupted in 2012 when a tree fell on her family car while on a family vacation. As a result, she lost both of her parents and became a quadriplegic at the C-3, C-4 level. After the accident, Jessie began the long journey to figure out how to do life and where she fit in again. For the first two years she focused solely on her body and regaining as much function as she could. But Jessie wanted more than simply being alive; she wanted to be more than just a broken vessel in constant need of maintenance. She wanted a life, and set out to create one. Join us this week as Jessie walks us through her challenging and inspiring journey of transition:


  • I think I kind of knew
  • Teach you how to live again
  • I am not interested in wearing diapers forever
  • I was sobbing because I didn’t have hot french fries
  • I had breakdowns
  • I was scared to be alone because my nightmares were strong
  • Fight the demons
  • Let’s Stand Up!
  • Foot, here. Other foot, there.
  • I don’t know if my body is capable of this
  • I needed help
  • Can I even have that story back?
  • It’s either going to green light or red
  • I just want that experience
  • I can do it, and I do it
  • It’s always felt like a day by day experience
  • We all step into it with equal feet
  • I’m really proud of myself

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040: Creating a sense of home with Haifa Alhussieni

Haifa Fakih Alhussieni was born in Beirut, Lebanon on November 21, 1967, the fourth of eight children. Haifa started her career as an interior designer after graduating from Lebanese American University in 1992. Then, she opened a recruiting agency with her brother in 1996. In 1997, she met her Husband, Nabil Alhussieni, and moved to Livonia, Michigan where she had her first child, and then her second after moving to California. After staying home with her two children for four years, Haifa and her husband decided to open a Tax business, Liberty Tax Service, where she gained an in-depth understanding of taxes. Four years later they moved to Washington and started a new venture, Café Louvre. In this episode, Haifa walks us through her journey of starting her latest business, and how it has morphed into more than just a coffee shop. Join us this week as we discuss:

  • I don’t know how to be an employee
  • An instinct that we needed to have our own business
  • I didn’t care about the coffee part
  • If it doesn’t work, we won’t do it again
  • This is my baby
  • Sometimes I smother people, it’s intuitive
  • Hiring the right people, with realistic expectations
  • Age is a big deal for us
  • It’s all in the details
  • Dedication Wall-for the people we love
  • It’s not an office space, it’s a living room
  • Not making a scene in my place
  • I always see it as half full

Contact Haifa


Company: Cafe Louvre

Website:Cafe Louvre Edmonds

039: Finding Perspective While Fighting Breast Cancer with Anne Sugar

Anne Sugar is an executive coach and speaker who has advised top leaders at companies including TripAdvisor, Sanofi Genzyme, and Havas. Anne serves as an executive coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education and has guest lectured at MIT. She is also a contributor to Harvard Business Review and Inc. She managed media planning for Fortune 500 clients including General Motors, Federal Express, and Delta. She draws on her extensive management experience, as well as her in-depth training in coaching methodology to advise senior executives and high performers transitioning into leadership roles. Throughout this episode Anne walks us through her experience of finding out she had breast cancer after a routine mammogram, and how she navigated through that. Join us this week as we discuss:


  • I didn’t see as much creativity anymore
  • I wasn’t listening to my gut
  • Transitions are messy, leadership is messy
  • I don’t think those are my x-rays
  • You have to listen to the things that start to prepare you
  • Some people want privacy
  • Finding perspective
  • Neither one is good or bad
  • It’s Messy
  • We have a culture of empathy, but it’s still a business
  • Come On! Get Going!
  • Leadership can be very lonely

Contact Anne

Twitter @aasugar