The coolest thing about my job is that I get to meet and talk with my heroes. On this episode of Live Your Passion TV, I interview a women whom I feel is one of the greatest singer- songwriters working today. And you probably haven’t heard of her—yet.
Antje Duvekot is one of folk music’s rising stars. With a haunting voice and thought-provoking lyrics, Antje’s songs tell stories and take you on emotional journeys, all while combining that VOICE and melodies that stay in your head for days.
Born in Germany, at the age of 13 Antje Duvekot was transplanted … Read the rest…
What does it mean to be truly grateful? Is it enough to be grateful when things go well? How about being grateful when life is challenging, when we don’t get what we want? Can we experience gratitude then, too?
And why is gratitude, as a practice, not just as a word, so important?
I can tell you from my own experience that there was a time in my life that I did not feel grateful. I felt impatient that my life wasn’t going the way I had planned. I felt bitter at rejection. I felt envy toward others who’s lives … Read the rest…
After more than 20 years as a journalist conducting roughly 3,000 interviews with artists, celebrities and entrepreneurs, it is apparent to me that we all have one thing in common: our humanity. No matter how successful people become, no matter how rich or famous or experienced in their given field, everyone I have spoken to had a moment in their lives when they had doubts. Everyone recalls a time when they wondered how they could be so bold to think they were special enough to do something extraordinary.
I’m sitting in our backyard on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The sun is shining. My bare feet tickled in the grass, sunglasses shade my eyes as I type this. There’s a slight breeze. From my vantage point on the hill above our hometown, I can see the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It’s pretty idyllic.
As I sit here basking in the glow of all this beauty, our cat, Penny, runs by with a live bird in her mouth.
You may have noticed that earlier this month, I launched Live Your Passion Radio. And launching a national radio show, my friends, is quite the undertaking. Setting up a studio. Scheduling interviews. Learning audio editing software. Whew. There are a lot of steps in there. All of it really, really, really cool. But still, a lot. And, it’s kind of a big deal in my life—one that began, believe it or not, when I was 17-years-old. But before I take you back to high school, let me first explain how this whole thing came about.
As I sat on a hard bench waiting for a train in Portland’s Union Station and my attention drifted to the ornate ceiling and arched doorways carved from marble, a woman came up to me. She was in her late 50’s, reddish brown ringlets framed her face. She spoke with an unfamiliar accent and asked if I would watch her bags so she could go get something to eat from the gift shop. I, of course, said yes. It struck me how funny that simple act can be, to size up a total stranger and decide that they, me, among … Read the rest…
An art store in my town posted a black chalkboard on the side of their building. Scrawled across the chalkboard is one simple question: What do you want to do before you die? Then it leaves a blank space for people to fill in their answers.
Some responses are silly.
“Before I die I want to breed squirrels.”
Some are so sincere they make you want to cry.
“Before I die I want to love someone with all my heart.”
I have a poster on my office wall from a company I admire. Lululemon Athletica is based in Vancouver, Canada, and creates athletic wear for women. But they don’t just sell just clothing, they sell an idea. And that idea is that we are all powerful, that we have the strength, the spark within us, to be who we want to be. There are a lot of truisms packed into this poster, but the one that stands out to me today says this:
Successful people replace the words “wish”, “should” & “try” with “I WILL”.
Making an emotional connection just might be the key to success in business … and in life. Find out how important emotion is to telling your business story in this quick video from Stacie Zinn Roberts and What’s Your Avocado?
I admit that I am a compulsive note taker. I’m sure it springs from my 20+ years as a journalist. When you get paid to ask people questions, it’s certain that they expect you to write down what they say. So, I do.
The note taking isn’t reserved, however, for the forum of interviewer-interviewee. Nah. It’s way past that.
In organizational meetings, I take copious notes. Even when not asked. So, invariably, I am the one who sends out the minutes. I’ve got them anyway. Why not?
When the phone rings, I automatically open up my notebook to a crisp … Read the rest…