Sometimes we need a boost of inspiration. Real Things Living podcast focuses on resilience and connection with others. Connection leads to ideas, to solutions, and to overall better health.
The host, Brigitte Cutshall, is a health advocate and knows what it means to go from survivor to thriver just like many others. Between beating cancer twice with her intentional approach to health, she then found out she had a rare brain tumor.
The current pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. It has fundamentally disrupted our personal and professional lives; and it definitely took business owners by surprise and created additional challenges for them. Brigitte speaks with Julie McFarland on what Julie's team has put in place to keep employees and customers safe.
Julie is the President and CEO of McNaughton & Gunn, a privately-owned book manufacturer in Michigan. Adapting to something new, almost daily, can be a challenge and stressful. Julie's resilience has been boosted with daily exercise, including yoga, to help keep calm.
There has been a lot of information to take in and review on what the best approach should be. Each State, each industry, and each business has different challenges. The biggest takeaway is that we need to be empathetic to others and work together to adapt successfully.
You can learn more about McNaughton & Gunn here.
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Self-care is important with what's happening now because of the Covid-19 issue. Brigitte has been studying yoga more because of the overall benefits; and she gets a little yogi with her explanation of pranayama, which promotes deep and slower breathing. Not only does this help relax you, it strengthens your lungs and diaphragm too - both are important aspects for your overall health.
Brigitte wanted to share her thoughts about social distancing during Covid-19 A lot has happened globally since her last blog post, Resilience is your middle name. Many places are being quarantined for example. Social distancing sounds so much better than being quarantined. Take this time, if you can, and focus on a hobby or personal development or how you can help others.
This was recorded before the State of Georgia 'shelter-in-place' directive.
Alisha Carlson grew up in a tumultuous environment and told herself that she was going to be different with her kids. Alisha's resilience empowered her to make changes when needed and focus on what's important to her. She empowers others now and is a non-diet lifestyle coach with an approach to be mindful of your intuition. Learn more at https://alishacarlson.com/
One of the biggest lessons in life that Jesse Todisco learned is your environment affects your habits, good and bad. Changing his environment helped him become a better person. (We shared a lot of laughs in this episode.)
Jesse grew up in the Boston area and witnessed his father's heroin addiction. That was his "normal" and Jesse was selling drugs at one point, even though he knew it wasn't the right thing to do. Jesse joined the military after high school and that changed his life; that new environment helped build better habits. He also understands the importance of self-care, which helps drive resilience.
As an entrepreneur, Jesse innately wants to help others. Jesse has a wisdom of wealth and is the founder of 46 & 2 Wealth Partners. He and his wife also founded a non-profit, Alanna's Angels.
Ido Singer is on a mission to inspire others.
His confidence was boosted after learning to play basketball at a young age in Israel. It wasn't easy for him at first but through a lot of hard work, he eventually played basketball at the professional level. Resilience and learning to adapt to different situations paid off, and Ido's passion for sports led him to be a coach that focuses on creating a positive culture.
Ido is currently the Assistant Basketball Women's Coach at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and the host of One Last Thought Podcast. The podcast keeps things simple - the episodes are 10 minutes or less - and focuses on bite-sized pieces of wisdom and life-changing advice from guests.
He and his wife have 3 young children, twin girls who are 5 and a 2-year-old son. As a parent and the need to travel with the team, helping to raise a family can be difficult and challenging sometimes, but Ido is truly grateful for his wife's support.
You can learn more at https://www.facebook.com/onelastthoughtpod/ or listen here.
Life is constantly changing and Evan Knox understands the importance of learning. Learning new things is what keeps you agile, flexible and strong. He also understands that resilience goes hand-in-hand with running a business and trying to balance life at home with family.
Evan is the founder of Caffeine Marketing and has been an entrepreneur since he was 12; always doing something in some shape or form. Having a business is part of fulfilling his principles and personal mission statement.
His father and grandfather are important role models for him as both were business owners. Evan's father passed away 3 years ago and that was very difficult to overcome.
Evan makes time each day to focus on self-care (proper sleep, nutrition, exercise) so he's not exhausted. He recently started doing jujitsu, which starts at 6am in the morning. This type of workout helps frame his mindset the rest of the day...allowing him to "shoot out emails at a whole new level of confidence" at work.
You can learn more at Evan Knox.
Jesse Iwuji wanted to be a race car driver when he was a young boy and made that dream a reality. Jesse attributes the military training he received to help him be more focused. (Jesse has a lot of energy too.) He also provides some great advice for youth regarding resilience.
Jesse is an American stock car racing driver and officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He played football for the Naval Academy, is an entrepreneur, and currently competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in the No. 34 for Reaume Brothers Racing. You can learn more at Jesse Iwuji Racing.
Gratitude is a huge byproduct of dealing with a health issue. And Deva Joy's picture should be placed next to the definition of resilience.
She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as a young teen and this limited her physical ability. Instead of being negative about the situation, Deva decided to focus on what she could move and not what she couldn't move. She also chose the perspective of looking at her illness as a relationship, like a marriage. You're going to be together for a long time.
Deva Joy is an author and a psychotherapist for over 30 years. She has some great resources you should check out at Healing Heart Communications.
Tami Green is a Life Coach with a focus on helping others get unstuck to include those with a mental health issue. She developed the "Brilliance Code," a method that you can apply to any problem. The Brilliance Code can be summarized as PIRF (Problem, Inspiration, Resources, Future). Following this "code" allows you to re-frame a situation to make a better decision.
We focused a lot on the word "hope"; which is self-explanatory, right? I also love that Tami highlighted that the word "brilliant" has a double meaning ... meaning you are bright and this brightness shines a light on what's important.
You can learn more about Tami and connect with her at https://tami-green.mn.co/
It's rare to find someone that isn't a dog fan and dogs are one positive thing we have in common with others. As a big dog lover myself, I'm grateful Dee-Marie found find time to be a guest on the Real Things Living podcast. Dee went from being a pilot, to a realtor, to an entrepreneur. She is now the co-founder and CEO of Yogi-Dog, a human grade yogurt for dogs.
Her business partner is Mike Basal...a yogurt maker for 30 years who operates his own yogurt plant. Together they created a treat that is the first of its kind. The creators behind Yogi-Dog have always considered dogs as part of the family, deserving the highest quality and healthiest foods. Their company is based in Pennsylvania and working on expanding to all states. www.yogi-dog.com
Susan wrote an inspiring memoir about the celebration of life and love titled, "Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss." Most memoirs recount the grief and pain of their loss. Susan's book is so much more...it's a love story about her husband, Bruce; and this story can help others understand what's most important when saying goodbye. "Quality over quantity" was the biggest takeaway for Brigitte, the host of Real Things Living.
Susan's mantra in life is simple: "May I see with tolerance; May I speak with compassion; May I live with gratitude." Best advice ever.
Be sure to check out - www.susanducharmehoben.com
"You are responsible for your own brain." Brigitte has a great conversation with Loretta Breuning, PhD and dive into how brain chemicals affect your health and how "the brain learns from rewards." It's important to have confidence in your own strength and how to invest your time the right way. Loretta's recent book "Habits of a Happy Brain" can help you get motivated.
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Gary Roe is such an inspiration. He is a grief counselor, pastor, and definitely a strong story teller. He truly understands the importance of resilience and has experienced grief multiple times first-hand. Gary shares what his life was like before the age of 17 - sexual abuse, suicide of a friend, death of his father at 15 are just a few. Those experiences helped define his purpose in life ... and that is to help people. He'll start with where you are, help you recover, heal and grow. Gary is the father of 7 children (all adopted), the author of multiple books, and his most recent project is the Suicide Prevention Project.
Check out his highly recommended website at www.garyroe.com
Keith M. Huber, Lieutenant General, US Army (retired) was very generous in writing the foreword for the book "Expecting the Good" - which is a tribute to Jean-Luc Nash, a badass who had a big heart. Both were West Point classmates (class of 1975); they went through Special Forces training together and remained in touch for decades. Keith emphasizes the importance of doing what's right in any situation, no matter the circumstances. "Have the courage and conviction to accept the consequences." Keith speaks on leadership and ethics on a regular basis. (By the way, Keith is a badass too.)
A great discussion with Brigitte Cutshall and Michael O'Brien about how his near-death experience (after being hit head-on by an SUV while riding his bike) changed his perspective to live a more purposeful life. They also discuss the "value of Freedom" and how we tend to put too many conditions on happiness. Michael is President and Founder of Peloton Coaching and Consulting and is the author of SHIFT. Creating Better Tomorrows: Winning at Work and in Life.
Jill Henning was given 12 months to live after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that spread to her lungs. That diagnosis was 18 months ago and she's extremely thankful to be part of a clinical trial which will last another 6 months. She's an example of someone who adapted to a major life-changing event using her inner strength and found a way to move forward. Jill is a powerful voice with a lot of passion. Her motivation is to be the voice for those who don't have a voice, and her advocacy for continued cancer research is laying the groundwork for others.
Brigitte met Jill Henning at the Georgia State Capital through ACS CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network). Learn more about CAN (Cancer Action Network) at fightcancer.org.
Relationships are not perfect and can be messy at times. Being mindful plays a big part because there are many benefits for your relationships and overall health. The quality of our life is directly related to our thoughts. Being mindful helps develop your ability to love and live a more meaningful life.
Michele is a middle school teacher and a proud parent. Her family had to deal with a major health issue with their daughter, the only granddaughter in the family. The wonderful support everyone provided her during this crisis was a cathartic experience. And Michele's a very popular teacher - "a rock star without the rock star salary" she jokingly references to the low salaries that teachers receive. Michele was heavily involved in acting and theater as a high school student. This expressed her natural story-telling ability and that led to her success in the classroom with students, and she is someone they trust in those awkward tween years. Helping students has become Michele's purpose.
Dr. Michael Rucker's experiences are a great example of resilience. He used to be a tri-athlete and had to stop running a few years ago due to severe osteoarthritis. His younger brother passed away in that same time-frame. That was difficult to deal with, especially since running helped him manage stress in general. He now makes time to focus his energy on the power of fun and writing a book about the benefits of it. If you find joy in something, you will make time for it. https://michaelrucker.com
Donna Seebo was kind enough to let me share our conversation regarding my recent book, "Expecting the Good: Inspiration from a Badass with a Big Heart." Donna provided great feedback and believes the book I wrote about my stepfather epitomizes the best of the best.
Donna's favorite excerpt from the book was provided by Keith M. Huber (retired Lieutenant General, US Army): "Making a decision to do the right thing when it's physically dangerous is difficult. Doing the right thing even if you might get fired because someone else is not as honorable as you are, is difficult. Be a good person and do the right thing."
It's not a sexy topic but something we should talk about. The impact of Alzheimer's on Teresa Valko's family is an eye-opener for many. The experience of having to help take care of her mother the past 15 years definitely changed her life. She is now heavily involved with the Alzheimer's Association and advocates in DC every year, meeting with members of Congress. Teresa's passion for knitting (her form of creativity) helps her focus on the positive aspect of life. You can learn more at https://alz.org. They envision a world without Alzheimer's Disease.
Following a creative endeavor is good for your brain and overall health. Scott is passionate about that and guides struggling creatives to become thriving artists. Running also helps Scott stay healthy mentally and physically, allows him to be present in the moment. You'll also learn that he likes to run around the local cemetery as a reminder that life is short, and you should contribute to life while you still can. :)
Harry is a former paratrooper and disabled veteran who was severely injured in the Grenada invasion (October 1983). Despite losing both of his legs, his attitude of gratitude about life empowers him to stay active and enjoy it. He understands the depths of desperation and despair and loss. His perspective allows him to see what's possible. There are so many opportunities! Harry is a great writer and philosopher as well. https://hardcoreharry.wordpress.com/