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Carpe Diem Connections

Carpe Diem Connections

By Yvette Francino
Using Agile Philosophies to Live a Happy, Productive, and Meaningful Life
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Season 3, Episode 1 - Giving with Reddit Gift Exchange
We start a new Season of Carpe Diem Connections in which we'll be talking about 10 Keys to Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness.  This week, I'm talking to Kelly Guyon who was my "secret Santa" for the Reddit Card Exchange. You can see the video interview on YouTube here:
January 18, 2021
Joy and Technology
In this final episode of 2020 and of Season 2 of Carpe Diem Connections, we explore the topic of Positive Technology. We are following along with Ingrid Fetell Lee's Joy Makeover and discussing the episode in which she talks to Pamela Pavliscak a positive technologist.
December 27, 2020
Finding Joy During the Holiday Season
In this episode, Becky Burns and I talk about Finding Joy during the holidays during this challenging year. We discuss some ideas for creating alternative traditions including celebrating Kwanzaa during the final week of the year.
December 19, 2020
The Joy Makeover Spinoffs - Joy and Food
Join us for the next episode of Season 2 where we do a deeper dive into joy following The Joy Makeover found at
December 11, 2020
Joy and Things
This week, co-host Becky Burns and I continue our deep-dive into Joy.  We are discussing topics from The Joy Makeover and this week we talk about how order and decluttering might help us find inner peace and joy.
December 5, 2020
Joy and Money
Do you find more joy in spending money on experiences or things? Tune in as we continue with topics from The Joy Makeover, this week discussing the relationship between joy and money. You can find the Joy Makeover at
November 28, 2020
Relationships and Joy during the Covid19 Holidays!
This week Becky and I continue exploring the Joy Makeover where the topic is Joy and Relationships. We talk specifically about ways to connect with others during this 2020 holiday season where we're probably doing Thanksgiving a little differently this year due to Covid 19 restrictions. You can find out more about The Joy Makeover at If you'd like to participate in sending cards to isolated seniors, check out:
November 21, 2020
The Joy Makeover Spinoffs: Time and Joy
We're participating in Ingrid Fetell Lee's, "The Joy Makeover" and this week, we're discussing our thoughts on Joy and Time.   Find The Joy Makeover at: This week we're discussing Time and Joy based on the video that Ingrid has with Laura Vanderkam. Download a free Time Makeover Guide from Laura's website. Join the discussion in the Carpe Diem Connection Facebook Group:
November 13, 2020
Finding Joy in the midst of Election Anxiety
Rebecca Burns has agreed to be my co-host as we talk about Finding Joy.  I've become enamored with Ingrid Fetell Lee and her recent Joy Makeover workshop. She offers a workbook and a very interesting set of interviews, digging deeper with topics about things such as how our joy is affected with 11 different topics starting with time, money, and relationships. Becky and I do our own deep dive into these topics and add a few more that are particularly relevant for the times or for us.  For example, this week, we'll talk about Joy and Politics since the election is causing so much anxiety for so many people.  As I write this, the vote is still undecided.  Please join us in the discussion at the Facebook Group: Carpe Diem Connections or you can email me at
November 6, 2020
Rick Davis - Author of "The Furnace of Leadership Development"
Rick Davis from Impactus speaks about the importance of Integrity in leadership. Rick is an author, speaker, and trainer, and wrote, "The Furnace of Leadership Development." Impactus: The Furnace of Leadership Development: Full YouTube video: Blog post:
November 1, 2020
Amy Sargent from Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence
Amy Sargent, Executive Directory from the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence, describes what Emotional Intelligences is all about and how understanding more about ourselves and our emotions can be life-changing and lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. Here's a link to the next free 1-hour workshop on Coaching Emotional Intelligence.  Each participant will receive a Social + Emotional Intelligence Assessment just for attending.  Here’s the link: . Here is contact information to find out more | | 303-325-5176 Link to full YouTube interview with Amy: Blog Post:
October 25, 2020
Aparna Saligrama - Quiet Value Woman
Aparna Saligrama recently started a new network called Quiet Value Woman: An intellectual lounge for women.  In this episode, Aparna talks about her community and her motivations behind creating such a network. Full YouTube interview can be found here: Quiet Value Woman Website: Quiet Value Woman Facebook Community: Blog Post:
October 18, 2020
Jonathon Stalls from Walk2Connect and Intrinsic Paths
Jonathon Stalls talks about his journey as an artist, first walking across the country, and later forming Walk2Connect and Intrinsic Paths. Jonathon continues to share his art and explores ways of walking and connecting with others. Full YouTube interview: TEDx Talk (Life at 3MPH): Walk2Connect: Intrinsic Paths: Blog Post:
October 11, 2020
Patti Ashley - Authenticity Architects
Dr. Patti Ashley, a licensed Professional Counselor is the creator of a unique process called Authenticity Architecture designed to help you create your authentic self and live your best life. You can find out more about Patti and her many services and offerings at Blog post about this episode: Full YouTube interview found at:
October 4, 2020
Carlyn Shaw - Strangers to Friends
After a diagnosis of MS and the deaths of two good friends, Carlyn was at a crossroads. She wanted to find people like her, but this was in 1997, before the days of social media. She created "connection cards" and discovered the beauty of strangers becoming friends through shared stories.  You can see the full YouTube video with Carlyn here: Carpe Diem Day Blog Post: Strangers to Friends Website: Strangers to Friends Facebook Group:
September 27, 2020
Interview with Jennifer Fields from Thriving Solo
Jennifer Fields, a writer and coach, talks about her coaching practice, helping singles live their best lives. So often society sends us messages that we need to be paired up, that we can feel like something's wrong if we're single. Jennifer works to break down that old stereotype, helping people live full lives, regardless of their relationship status. The full YouTube Interview with Jennifer can be found here: Thriving Solo Podcast: Blog Post:
September 20, 2020
Rebecca Mullen of Altared Spaces Talks about 3 Roles Between Partners in a Marriage
Rebecca Mullen from Altared Spaces is a master certified life coach. She typically coaches people through transitions but this month she's preparing for her dream class: Habits for Happily Ever After. Rebecca talks in this clip about the 3 roles partners play in a marriage... that of a partner, that of a friend, and that of a lover, and how understanding these can really help strengthen communication with a marriage.  See the full YouTube video here: Blog Post:
September 11, 2020
Lawrence Coburn talks about the new app, Twine
Lawrence Coburn, co-founder of Twine, talks about the new app that fosters deep meaningful conversations between two people.  Tune in to see the full Interview on my YouTube Channel: Blog Post: YouTube Video: You can check out the twine app by going to:
September 5, 2020
Pamela Gail Johnson - Founder of Society of Happy People
I'm thrilled this week to talk to Pamela Gail Johnson who founded the Secret Society of Happy People (no longer a secret!) in 1998.  Now you can find a community of happy people and join yourself at  There's also an app (SOHP) where you can track 31 types of Happiness. Be sure to sign up for the SOHP newsletter and participate in Operation #SmileStarter for August - Happiness Happens Month! Tune in to the full YouTube video here:
August 28, 2020
Tom Johnston Interview
Episode #2 is an interview with Tom Johnston of Ageless Explorers. Full YouTube interview can be found here:   Blog post can be found here: The Ageless Explorer Facebook page can be found here:
August 22, 2020
Just Do It!
This is the first episode of a new Podcast: Carpe Diem Connections, a podcast about living life fully and fostering deep social connections. I was inspired by my friend who had ALS to live fully every day. I'll use this platform to talk to others who write, speak, and have interest in positive psychology, and leading a full and happy life.
August 16, 2020