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#LITA- Love Is The Answer

By Jeff Conner
You are listening to the #Lita podcast, hosted by author, speaker and coach Jeff Conner. He invites you each week as he has conversations to discover how others are using love to change the world. Listen in and find what inspires love within so you can go out and share it with the world. Remember: Love is the answer.
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Season 2 Episode 1: This Big Secret I've Been Carrying Around

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Season 2 Episode 4: Joel Hodroff (Part 2)- Money Innovation: Is the World Ready?
Season 2 Episode 4: Joel Hodroff- Money Innovation: Is the World Ready? I’m your host, Jeff Conner and I’m excited to jump into part two of my conversation with Joel Hodroff, my economic futurist friend who is trying to change the world through money innovation. Before we get to the show, I want to share with you a development with the foundation I started in memory of our son Waylon, who passed away in November of 2019. For those of you who have been listening for a while, you know that the #LITA podcast was inspired by Waylon’s life. If you want to learn more about why I started this podcast, go back and listen to Episode 3. Over the past year, we have formed a board, received our 501C3 status as a non-profit, and now have a clear mission and vision for our foundation. Our mission is to help parents and caregivers of troubled teens so they don’t have to go through what Waylon’s mom and I went through as we struggled to understand what Waylon was going through and to get him the help he needed. We meet our mission by being a resource to parents as well as connecting them to resources available. We are also facilitating support groups for parents and providing education through speaking event. You can learn more at While you’re there, please consider making a donation to help us grow and connect to more parents. We look forward to making a difference in communities by helping parents help their kids. Again, you can learn more and support us by going to This week, we’re picking up where we left off with Joel Hodroff. We’re talking about how his dual currency system could actually work, how you can be a part of it and some of the barriers Joel has faced getting his creation into the world. He extends an open invitation to early adopters, so if you would you like to get in on this now, get in touch with Joel through his LinkedIn Page: Enjoy as we conclude this timely conversation. Show Notes/Resources Joel’s LinkedIn Page: Stranger in a Strange Land- Robert A. Heinlein Walden Two- B.F. Skinner Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter:
July 26, 2021
Season 2 Episode 3: A Better Alternative to Win-Lose Competition Over Money (Part 1)
Season 2 Episode 3: Joel Hodroff- A Better Alternative to Win-Lose Competition Over Money This week’s guest is Joel Hodroff. He is an inventor, a 40+ year business entrepreneur and an economic futurist. He often feels like a Stranger in a Strangle Land (if you Grok). Joel believes that emerging business models—based upon cooperation and sustainability—can rapidly solve our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. All the needed technologies are already at hand to update money, economics and commerce towards an ever-improving quality of life for individuals, families and communities. He has been a Visa Innovation Provocateur and a Twin Cities Innovator of the Year. He’s playing for (and praying for) a “25-year overnight success story” and is only 2 years behind schedule. Joel is a great friend and mentor to me. We have spent uncountable hours talking about economics, money, life and love and that’s why this conversation is split over two episodes. We had a lot to unpack in looking at how we could build a better world of win-win-win cooperation over money. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Show Notes/Resources Joel’s LinkedIn Page: Stranger in a Strange Land- Robert A. Heinlein Walden Two- B.F. Skinner Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter:
July 26, 2021
Season 2 Episode 2: Don't Believe Your Whispered Lies
Season 2 Episode 2: Gigi Langer- Don’t Believe Your Whispered Lies: How to Love Yourself and Create Your Best Life This week’s guest is Gigi Langer, author of 50 Ways to Worry Less Now: Reject Negative Thinking to Find Peace, Clarity and Connection. She holds a PhD in Psychological Studies in Education and has 34 years of sobriety herself. Gigi and I have an extremely fun conversation talking about self-awareness, how to worry less, and how by believing our own whispered lies we are cutting off our own potential. Our conversation is broad and covers alcohol, marijuana, and sex addictions. We also discuss energy healing, forgiveness, Katie Byron’s The Work, and much more! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Show Notes/Resources Gigi’s Book- 50 Ways to Worry Less Mindset: The New Psychology of Success- Carol S. Dweck Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself- Kristin Neff Radical Forgiveness- Colin Tipping Katie Byron- The Work Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter:
June 21, 2021
Season 2 Episode 1: This Big Secret I've Been Carrying Around
Dr. Yvette Erasmus rejoins me to discuss my childhood event, abuse, the impact of childhood experiences, the distinction between trauma and stress, and what we can do to heal from those experiences. Yvette works with groups, couples, individuals, leaders and organizations. She puts an emphasis on personal inner work to create a just and peaceful world where everyone’s needs matter. She helps you learn ways to stop sabotaging yourself and your relationships. The “About” Page of her website sums it up best: “PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE LONGING FOR A BETTER WAY." It’s time for a change, and it starts with you. We don’t just talk about problems and challenges. We also talk about solutions. Yvette gives practical ideas to living our best lives and having deep, meaningful relationships with others.
June 07, 2021
Episode 22: Jeannette Grace- Why People Get Along and Don’t Get Along
Ever wonder why some people you just “click” with and some rub you the wrong way instantly? Well, my guest this week, Jeannette Grace, and I talk about this very subject. Jeannette is the author of G Factor: 8 Secrets to Increasing Your Gravitational Pull at Work. She is a communication expert and people lover with a masters in communication and a minor in psychology. We talk about: - Being human and forgiving ourselves - Vulnerability - A few G-Factors: o Gratitude o Granting permission for mistakes o Generate: inspire people and be infectious o Good Humor Our conversation covers a lot of ground helps you with your relationships both at work and at home. Here are a few of the books that were mentioned during our time together. Learned Optimism People Styles at Work and Beyond The Joy of Not Thinking Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Crucial Conversations The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace If you want to contact Jeannette: 612.655.4335 Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases
November 24, 2020
Episode 21: Nicole Billingsley- Where There is Life, There is Hope. One Woman's Journey from The Sex Trade and Drug Addiction to Becoming a Doctor!
Just over eight years ago, Nicole Billingsley was a sex-traffic worker and drug addict who had lost all her parental rights to children. Fast forward to today and she is five weeks away from earning her Doctorate Degree and operates two recovery centers (Nivon Wellness Center) in the Twin Cities. Nicole is living proof that where there is life, there is hope. Please join me in listening to Nicole’s amazing story. Listen as she describes getting recruited into the sex trade and her experiences as an owner of an escort service in Las Vegas. You’ll hear how this led her to a severe drug addiction, time in jail and the harrowing experiences that went along with her lifestyle. Then hear how she and her husband, Von Shan, turned it all around. It’s an amazing story of recovery and redemption that should give all of us hope. You’ll hear how trauma and self-worth are the two greatest obstacles to recovery and living a thriving life. Nicole is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is an evidence based therapeutic intervention to help clients recover from the effects of trauma and other issues. She is passionate about helping clients heal from the effects of trauma as well as mental health and substance use disorders. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did! Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases
November 02, 2020
Episode 20: Nancy O'Brien- Experience Happiness and The Happiness Practice
I am very excited to introduce this week’s guest, Nancy O’Brien, co-founder of Experience Happiness for the 20th Episode of the #LITA Podcast! I brought Nancy on to talk about her work in creating The Happiness Practice (THP). Nancy co-created THP with her business partner, Linda as a way to help people locate and cultivate their serenity & excitement regardless of outside circumstances. This is exciting work that literally change the world! THP is a program that measurably improves your happiness and at the same time, decreases your level of burnout. I don’t know about you, but I can get behind this idea! Nancy and I have a great conversation talking about her work and how it is helping people all over the world. You won’t want to miss her story of an inmate at Stillwater Prison, who, after taking The Happiness Practice, was able to report back that he is authentically happy for the first time in his life…and, he’s in prison for a life sentence! Don’t miss this episode that could change your life for the better! Take the THP Assessment right now and measure your own level of happiness and burnout. Love Money, Money Loves You by Sarah McCrum Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases
October 19, 2020
Episode 19: Ron Henderson- Race & Law Enforcement, Never Have Another Bad Day, and Choosing Your Attitude
Ron Henderson, “The Fitness King”, is an author, fitness innovator and speaker, who has been providing personal training and motivational presentations to audiences for the past 40 years. Ron was the first fitness professional in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area to work with clients and help them define, develop, and pursue their fitness goals as a personal trainer. Ron has been called upon to coached Top Doctors, NFL players, Lawyers, and CEOs throughout the state of Minnesota. Ron’s goal is to help people become the best version of themselves by providing them with training that builds their body and motivational presentations that give them the mindset, attitude & beliefs for success. I met Ron when I saw his vehicle outside a coffee shop and had to go in and find out more about it. From that first chance encounter, which lasted well over an hour, I’ve enjoyed learning about Ron and being in his enthusiastic presence. Ron has a zeal for life that is pervasive and infectious. I asked Ron to come on the #LITA Podcast with me because he posted a video on Facebook about the current racial tensions in our nation. I was very interested to hear his perspective, as a black man, on law enforcement, police officers and following directions and the law. We have a really fun and far reaching conversation that touches on many different topics. I hope you enjoy listening to Ron as much as I did. Ron’s book, Self-Staging hasn’t been released yet, so check back. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! #LITA Official Website: Facebook Page: Support & Comments: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases
October 05, 2020
Episode 18: Jeff Hudson- A Casino Insider Discusses His Own Gambling Addiction
Jeff Hudson is my guest this week and we discuss his gambling addiction that left him feeling hopeless and tens of thousands of dollars in debt. What makes Jeff’s story most interesting is that even after writing his master’s thesis on how casinos manipulate their guests to gamble more and working at casinos, he still was drawn into this debilitating addiction. Jeff was able to escape the grips of his addiction and now he hosts a podcast called The Push. On his podcast, Jeff hopes to help other gambling addicts understand their situation and help them see a way out to recovery and a better life. Jeff gets real about his shame and suicidal ideations in hopes of encouraging others to break out and find recovery. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG): (800) 522-4700 Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
September 28, 2020
Episode 17- Bonnie Lemke: The Courage to Stay Sober & Share Her Story to Help Others
Bonnie Lemke is my guest this week. Bonnie and I went to high school together and she reached out to me after seeing my social media posts about the podcast. Bonnie wants to use her experience to help others and she thought that telling her story would be a good first step to do that. You see, Bonnie, like many of us went through trauma in her childhood. She endured sexual, physical and mental abuse as a young girl and as an adult, she used alcohol to numb the pain from those experiences. I think Bonnie is a perfect example of how we each have a story and we’re all just trying to find our way to happiness. Bonnie shows great courage in her willingness to be vulnerable by sharing her story. I believe it’s this type of courage that is going to help change the face of mental illness, substance abuse and other issues we face as a society. It’s people like Bonnie helping us to see the pain behind their stories that will help others overcome any shame so they can start getting the help they need to live better lives. Some technical issue happened at the end of the recording and our conversation ends abruptly as Bonnie is sharing her own stories about her suicide attempts, so I apologize for that. However, I think the conversation leading up to that point is very meaningful and worthwhile. If you find our conversation helpful, please let me know. I’d love to hear how this show impacts your life. Thank you for listening and please remember that you are loved. Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
September 21, 2020
Episode 16: Tim Grimes- Overcoming Your Monkey Brain, Playing Around, Law of Attraction & More!
This week’s guest was a real treat for me because of how much I enjoyed his book, The Joy of Not Thinking: A Radical Approach to Happiness. I loved his book because it gave me a practical guide to one of my biggest challenges- Silencing my Monkey Mind. My monkey mind runs in overdrive as I go from thoughts of judging to being hyper-vigilant thinking there’s danger all around me. My thoughts non-sense, most of the time. Do you feel this way as well? If like me, you’ve tried meditation to help you stop thinking, you might be frustrated. Because, as those of us who have tried meditation know, you can never really stop thinking by being still.  Tim Grimes is a coach, speaker and writer of multiple bestselling guides on stress management, including "The Joy of Not Thinking" and "Relax More, Try Less." Tim's focus is on simplifying the stress reduction process for anyone who is interested. He has been called "the guru of taking it easy" because his approach manages to be profoundly simple yet effective. Check out his site www.stopbeingserious.comfor some great ideas! For more information about Tim and his work you can visit: Books and Other Resources Mentioned During the Show I Need Your Love-Is That True? By Byron Katie A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are by Byron Katie Self-Mastery Through Conscious Auto-Suggestion by Emile Coue Mindful Manifestation and Feeling is the Secret by Neville Goddard The Thought Exchange by David Friedman Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
September 14, 2020
Erl and I have an extraordinary conversation together and we spend a great deal of time discussing religion and spirituality.   Here's more about Erl from his own LinkedIn profile: I'm a bridge builder! I connect leaders in communities of abundance, with those in communities of need. Thus, I do my best work with leaders of noble character -- the kind-hearted, generous, compassionate leaders who want to increase their capacity to do greater good in the world. Success, for them, is merely a foundation for even greater significance in their lives. A 30-year veteran of the Personal Development industry, I have been a highly effective Mentor, Trainer, & Executive Coach to these high-impact leaders around the world. From entrepreneurial Founders & Owners of small businesses, to the corporate offices of governing Boards, CEOs, Executive Leadership, and their teams. We work together on the strategic clarity, unity, & direction that creates "spiritually sustainable initiatives" that contribute directly to the causes you care about. An International Speaker, Master Trainer, Mentor, & Coach, I go right to the core of the culture, communication, & character development of your team, and the initiatives & movements you lead. Why? Confronted as a child with the inequities of apartheid in South Africa, I devoted many years to an intense study of human change dynamics, with a particular emphasis on how to cultivate the mindset, habits and character that bring prosperity at a personal, corporate, and community level. From this perspective, I developed keen insight into the heart of an enterprise, providing a whole-hearted approach to leadership development and the integrity of the enterprise. My focus is to inspire leaders to greater excellence by helping them understand and master the inner dynamics that make it work - whether in private conversation with world-class leaders, training trainers internationally, coaching six-figure executive coaches to greater significance, or helping community or national leaders transform their organizations into instruments of greater good. Connect with Erl on LinkedIn Books and Other Resources Mentioned During the Show The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightengale.  Listen on YouTube Start with Why by Simon Sinek Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
September 07, 2020
Episode 14: Leslie Jackson- Adversity Leads to Perseverance and Fast Cars!
Leslie Jackson is the author of her book titled “Change Course; One Lady’s Race from Acceptance to Adventure”. She has professionally raced cars on a WISSOTA dirt track for 7 years and is the co-founder, president & CFO of a top 5 Minnesota commercial roofing company for the past 14 years. Leslie and I have a great conversation and you’ll hear us discuss how she was teased for a rare skin condition which gave her red spots all over her body and what she did to minimize this teasing. You’ll also hear about how the death of her sixteen-year-old brother, when she was only fourteen, affected her and her family. She shares with us her addiction and attraction to men with addictive personalities affected her and how and why she ultimately “changed course” to find a life of love and joy. Leslie believes God has given everyone unique gifts and encourages you to dig deep, grab hold of your potential, and live life to its fullest. She also invites you to live with love and meaning, act with purpose, and aim to make a positive difference in the world. Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn and her Website, Books and Other Resources Mentioned During the Show Change Course: One Lady’s Race from Acceptance to Adventure by Leslie Jackson Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E.P. Seligman Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
September 01, 2020
Episode 13: Teresa Thomas- Stop Being So Serious and Connect to Your Inner Joy
Teresa Thomas connects people, possibilities and purpose as an award-winning professional speaker, networking expert, facilitator, and author of Win/Win Networking and 50 Fun Things® – Enjoy the Small Things. This week, Teresa and I have a wide-ranging conversation talking about her latest book, 50 Fun Things. We cover topics like giving, gratitude, self-love, being silly and playful to reduce stress & the danger of trying to please everyone. Teresa is a master connector and her book, Win/Win Networking helped my entire sales team at my catering company get better at networking to increase their sales. She brilliantly tied what she does to the #LITA Movement by saying, “We are all Connected, when everything else is stripped away, it's how we treat each other that matters.” If you, like most of us, find yourself taking things too seriously and are filled with anxious feelings, our conversation and the highlights of her book can help you stop that cycle and connect to what truly matters…creating a life of joy! She is the recipient of the 2019 Women in Business Champion through the Small Business Association (SBA) of Minnesota. Teresa is also named as one of the 2019 50 Over 50 leaders by AARP and Pollen. Connect with Teresa on LinkedIn and her Website, Books and Other Resources Mentioned During the Show The Joy of Not Thinking: A Radical Approach to Happiness by Tim Grimes Win/Win Networking: Your Guidebook for Confident and Effective Connections by Teresa Thomas 50 Fun Things: Enjoy the Small Things by Teresa Thomas Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential by Shirzad Chamine Thank you for supporting the #LITA Podcast! Please connect with us & keep the conversation going! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
August 24, 2020
Episode 12: Sayre Darling- New Ideas for Tough Conversations That Will Better Your Relationships
Do you find it difficult to have tough conversations where the stakes are high and emotions can run even higher? I know I have and still do. Unfortunately, we often either really botch these conversations, or avoid having them altogether. This week’s guest is Sayre Darling. Sayre and I have been friends for a couple of years and we met at a heart-based leadership breakfast we both attended. Over the years I’ve gotten to know Sayre and hear about her work helping others have Crucial Conversations. She has great insights into what it takes to have meaningful and purposeful conversations that enhance relationships rather than erode relationships. If you, like me, struggle with confrontation, then this is a great episode for you to hear. You’ll get actual strategies to help you better communicate with the people who are important in your life. We had a bit of technical difficulties with our connection. Unfortunately, our good-byes were cutoff at the end. I’ve done my best in post-production to preserve the essence of our conversation. The ending is a bit abrupt, and I don’t want you to be surprised by that. I think you’ll really enjoy our conversation even with these tech issues. I hope you get a lot out of this and it helps you like it’s helped me. Enjoy! Here’s a bit more on Sayre: Sayre Darling: Sayre unknowingly began her professional journey when her parents gave her the name that describes what she does: She is a Say-er. Sayre began her career in corporate communications, including media relations, internal communications, brand development, and, marketing and communications planning and implementation. She has developed a unique combination of skills to facilitate cross-functional projects across an entire organization to create alignment, excellent communication skills to drive clarity, the ability to make the complex simple, a calm demeanor to infuse confidence, a positive perspective to shift challenges into opportunities. As Sayre often says, “never waste a good crisis to drive change and growth.” Sayre received her coaching certification from The Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California; she received her Master’s in Business Communications at the University of Saint Thomas, and her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Connect with Sayre on LinkedIn. Books and Other Resources Mentioned During the Show Crucial Conversation: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to prepare for high-stakes situation, transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, make it safe to talk about almost anything & be persuasive, not abrasive. Thank you for Your Support- Connect with us! Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter: *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
August 17, 2020
Episode 11: Kevin Fortune- Love, Freedom & How They Work Together
This week I talk to a really fun guest, Kevin Fortune. Kevin was introduced to me by a mutual friend because of Kevin’s view on the necessity for freedom to pave the way for true love. Kevin is from Atlanta where he owns his business, Kevin Fortune, LLC to help others build and retain wealth. He’s also the host of his own Podcast, The Liberty Show, where he discusses freedom and politics as an activist within the Libertarian Party. We cover a lot of ground in our time together. Some of the many topics we touch are understanding without judging, race relations, his involvement in the Civil Rights movement, and accepting people first. We also dive into tough topics like reparations, white privilege and black lives matter. I think you’ll find this to be a fun and lively talk with some great perspectives coming out. We don’t solve all the world’s problems, but we sure give it a whirl! Here’s a bit more on Kevin: Kevin Fortune: Founder, President, & CEO- Liberty America, Inc. His nickname is “KK” (King Kevin) because he is called the king of liberty. He is very involved in the community as an activist & volunteer. He is especially recognized for his fundraising where he has raised great amounts of money for worthy causes.  He is also very active in one of Atlanta’s most prominent churches (Briarcliff Baptist Church), a historic institution that has stood for individual freedom and liberty.  Kevin is proud to be a Christian and has been a leader in the Christian libertarian movement. But, most of all he is proud of the many new people he has introduced and brought into libertarianism! Host of The Liberty Show: The Liberty Show is a podcast and call-in show which works to inform people on the principles of liberty and how to put them into action. They deal with contemporary topics that are relevant to our day-to-day lives from a liberty-informed perspective. If you’d like to connect with Kevin, you can find him on Facebook: Books and Other Resources Mentioned During the Show Movie on Amazon Prime: Proof of Happiness Based on the self-help book, Proof of Happiness, (1969). A psychiatrist, inspired by his unusually joyful patient in a wheelchair, decides to conduct a study on the subject of anxiety and depression with live subjects. The study discovered some compelling truths that resonate with today’s current state. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie Thank you for supporting the #LITA- Love Is The Answer Podcast! I can’t do this show without you, the listener, so please leave a review and support the show in any way you can. Here are a few links to further connect and support the show: Facebook Page Support & Comments #LITA Website Twitter @JeffConner1 *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
August 10, 2020
Episode 10: William Israelson- Transformation From 350 Pounds to Becoming a Fitness Trainer and Helping Others Claim Their Best Lives
Join me for a real and raw conversation on the importance physical fitness on the quality of our lives. This is a conversation with William Israelson, founder of Ascension Fitness and all-around great guy. Our conversation covers a lot of ground, starting with the loss, in William’s life, that led him to a maximum weight of 350 pounds and what led him to his transformation to being a fitness trainer and owner of a gym where he helps others reclaim their lives. We’ll talk about a lot of the mental junk that gets in our way as we try to transform ourselves and claim our best lives. Whether it’s work, kids, tragedy, or whatever we use to create excuses to be less than who we are meant to be, William has faced each of these down and is living his most triumphant life! And, he’s not done yet! So, if you want to get inspired to start living your best life, then you won’t want to miss this fun, informative and motivating conversation. Make sure to listen all the way through so you get to hear all the great advice William has to give. *Explicit Language warning. Because you haven’t heard strong language from me yet and when two guys get together, there’s bound to be a few choice words said, I want to warn you of this in advance. It’s not too frequent or too crass, but will definitely show you an edgier side to me than you’re used to hearing. If you’d like to connect with William, you can find him on Facebook and through his website: Facebook: Ascension Fitness Training: Books and Other Resources Mentioned During the Show Andy Frisella and 75HARD: 75HARD Podcast Episode: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World By Admiral William H. McRaven (Ret) YouTube Video on Make Your Bed: Iron Cowboy movie is based on a man doing 50 Iron Mans, in 50 States in 50 Days. This movie has moved to Amazon Prime: Thank you for listening!  Please go to and join in on the conversation!  Make sure to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter as well!
August 03, 2020
Episode 9: Lorie Corcuera- Love, Self-Love, Recovering from Trauma and Saying No
Lorie Corcuera is a survivor of mental and physical abuse. Having observed her mother go through this with her father, Lorie found herself married to a man who was much like her father. Having escaped the cycle of abuse, she reclaimed herself and learned how to love the person that she is. Having persevered through the abuse and rising above the notion of trying to please others above herself, Lorie recreated her vision of what it means to be able to serve and love others at the highest level. Having done this, she created her company, Spark Creations & Company Inc. where she helps others create meaning in their lives. She teaches workshops on saying “no” and how to respond to emotionally charged situations. Our conversation covers a lot of ground and I found Lorie to be very vulnerable in sharing her history. Her courage is evident throughout our time together and her love of others shines through her lessons. Lorie is definitely putting #LITA into action! If you’d like to connect with Lori, you can find her on LinkedIn: Spark Creations & Company Inc.- Additional Links from the show: Books Mentioned The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Luiz: Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When the Stakes are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting the #LITA- Love Is The Answer Podcast! I can’t do this show without you, the listener, so please leave a review and support the show in any way you can. Here are a few links to further connect and support the show: Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter:
July 27, 2020
Episode 8: Jami K- Suicide Survivor and Mental Health Advocate on Twitter & Medium
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. This week’s guest on the show is Jami K. Jami is a suicide survivor and mental health advocate, using her chosen platforms of Twitter and Medium to promote love and kindness to those who are experiencing mental health trouble and suicidal thoughts. She is 51 years old and lives in Florida. She is a wife, mother and daughter to her family. I met Jami via Twitter and once I learned and saw what she is doing, I knew I had to have her on this show. Jami was very nervous about agreeing to do a recorded conversation with me and it really put her outside her comfort zone. Ultimately, she decided to push through her discomfort for the opportunity to further promote her message and help more people. In our conversation we take a pretty big swipe at the topics of mental health and suicide awareness. We both believe it’s our willingness to be vulnerable and talking about mental health, in our own lives, that is going to be the difference maker on this issue. We both firmly believe we need to remove the shame around having mental health distress, no matter how big or small the problem is for someone. Some bullet points for our discussion are: - Importance of being nice to others - Suicide awareness - How and what to do guidance when someone you know is talking about suicide - Medication for mental illness If you are someone you know is struggling with their mental health, you will want to listen to this episode. Please know there are resources to help you. You can connect with either Jami or me and we will not only give you love and kindness, but we’ll also help connect you with resources to get more help. Here are a few resources to help you: National Suicide Prevention Life Line: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Jami’s Twitter: Just Jami @jamingeorge04: Jami’s Medium Page: Thank you for supporting the #LITA- Love Is The Answer Podcast! I can’t do this show without you, the listener, so please leave me a review and support the show in any way you can. Here are a few links to further connect and support the show: Facebook Page: Support & Comments: #LITA Official Website: Jeff’s Twitter:
July 20, 2020
Episode 7: Dr. Yvette Erasmus- Revealing Insights Demonstrate the Power Of Loving Relationships
“You want to spread love and freedom in our world. But the more you reach for understanding, connection or growth, the more they argue, defend themselves and pull away. And, even though you know better, you still find yourself trapped in dysfunctional power struggles that you’ve been trying to get free from for a long time. Why don’t they listen? Why can’t they see what is so obvious to you? What’s getting in the way of the connection you want?”— Now on #LITA is Dr. Yvette Erasmus! Yvette works with groups, couples, individuals, leaders and organizations. She puts an emphasis on personal inner work to create a just and peaceful world where everyone’s needs matter. She helps you learn ways to stop sabotaging yourself and your relationships. The “About” Page of her website sums it up best: “PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE LONGING FOR A BETTER WAY. It’s time for a change, and it starts with you. I am here to help you connect the dots, find the missing links, heal the hurts, and deeply understand yourself and others so you can move forward with clarity, empowerment and love. It’s time to step into your inner authority and to act from your most authentic, aware and empowered self.” I got so much out of my conversation with Yvette and I think you will too. We talked about what it was like growing up in South Africa with two parents, each on opposite sides of the apartheid issue. We also discuss trauma and its impact on our lives and our relationships. You’ll hear us talk about anger and other negative emotions and what they mean. How we use ‘violent’ tactics like fear of consequences and promise of rewards to manipulate others into doing what we want. We don’t just talk about problems and challenges. We also talk about solutions. Yvette gives practical ideas to living our best lives and having deep, meaningful relationships with others. If you’ve read this far, you have some interest in these topics. Go ahead, hit the play button and start transforming your life and your relationships. Enjoy! Some Links from the Show - Yvette’s Webpage: - Ted Talk by Susan Pinker: The Secret to Living Longer May be Your Social Life: - #LITA Podcast Website: - #LITA Podcast Facebook Page: - #LITA- Love Is The Answer Facebook Group: - Follow Jeff on Twitter: I appreciate you listening and being a part of the audience for #LITA. This is more than a podcast, it’s a movement! Each week you’ll hear how my guests are putting love into action and can help you do the same. These are real people with extraordinary stories that can help you harness the power of love. Continue the conversation and get involved by going to the social media links above. If you want to help grow the community around the #LITA movement, here are some steps to take. 1. Leave a review on whichever podcast platform you use to listen to #LITA 2. Connect on Social Media by using the links above to like, follow and join the official #LITA pages. 3. Support the show by going to and click on the Support button.
July 14, 2020
Episode 6: Alissa Daire Nelson on Love, Success, Joy and More
Our guest today is seriously frickin' awesome. But here's the thing... she believes YOU are frickin' awesome, too! Alissa Daire Nelson is regularly featured on television news segments, inside major blogs and publications, and on podcasts from all over the globe. She's an accomplished Success Coach, Speaker, host of the Frickin' Awesome Entrepreneur podcast as well as the brand-new podcast, Making The List. She’s the author of the book, From Frustrated to Frickin' Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You're Wired For. But more than anything else she's an exceedingly proud wife and mother of two, who loves helping others discover how to own their perfect lopsidedness and learn to have it all. Please enjoy this energetic and moving conversation as we discuss a wide range of topics that help to promote love as the answer. We talk about success and what it means. The relationship between success and happiness and joy. You’ll also hear ideas on the Law of Attraction, the fear of success and the importance of embracing discomfort in order to grow. Alissa is one guest you won’t want to miss on the #LITA Podcast. Speaking of success, I cannot tell you how much I love doing this podcast! I am definitely living my best life as I do this show and I’m excited each week to bring you fantastic content that has the power to change lives. This podcast audience continues to grow and is happening because of your awesome support! Thank you! Let’s grow this community even bigger! Please, get involved by leaving reviews, share with your friends. Like the #LITA Podcast Facebook page and join the #LITA Facebook Group. You can also get in touch with me on the #LITA Website at My Twitter Page is: This is all about connecting, building a community, helping and loving one another! If you want to get in touch with Alyssa, here are some ways to connect with her as well: Social Media Links: Biz FB page: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn: Hashtags: #daire2succeed #bettertogether #MNproud Alissa’s Author Profile on Amazon:
July 06, 2020
Episode 5: Bob Burg, Co-Author of The Go-Giver Books Discusses Value, Service and Authenticiy
Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences sharing the platform with everyone from today’s business leaders and broadcast personalities to even a former U.S. President. Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies. His book, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann, itself has sold over 950,000 copies and it has been translated into 28 languages. His and John’s newest parable in the Go-Giver Series is The Go-Giver Influencer. Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve. He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch in his town of Jupiter, Florida. Bob and I had a great conversation and I believe the work he is doing exemplifies LITA in action.  He shows how creating value, serving others, building influence and being your authentic self are time-tested ways to show your love for others.  Perhaps most importantly, as we build a giver's mindset, is the idea of being receptive to the givings of others as a critical component to the flow of giving and receiving. You can learn more about Bob and The Go-Giver on these websites: and You can also view a fun video that gives a great overview of this incredible book. Finally, you can connect with Bob through social media here: Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: Instagram:
June 29, 2020
Episode 4: Pam Longfellow on Structural Design Flaw and Race
Pam recently wrote and article on LinkedIn called, Persistence of a Structural Design Flaw.  In the article she discusses the systemic problems that continue to hold our society back when it comes to race and how civil discourse is one avenue toward starting to undo centuries of disadvantage for people of color in the United States. Don't miss this exceptional conversation with Pam and me.  We bring up hard topics like white privilege, reparations and the violent opposition to racism we're seeing in our protests.  We don't have all the answers.  We know the one answer that is always true is that Love Is The Answer.  Civil discourse, where we ask, "What does love require of me in this situation?" is one route to the change we want to see.  Entering conversations with the intent to gain understanding can help move the dial on this pervasive societal problem. Please become a part of the conversation.  First, leave a review for the show.  Secondly, use the Message Button on the page of the podcast.  You can also send me a personal message using the contact form on the #LITA Website.  While you're on a hot streak, LIKE the Lita For Life Facebook Page and join the #LITA Facebook Group.  This is how we grow this community and movement! And finally, please check out our sponsors and support them.  It's through our sponsors and contributions from you that keep this show and the love going.  Please help support the #LITA Podcast and movement by making a donation at  You'll keep getting great content and guests that help you grow in love of one another.
June 22, 2020
Bonus Episode: Julie Jeppson, Director of a Homeless Shelter On Addressing Issues of Race
Julie Jeppson is the Executive Director of Stepping Stone Emergency Housing located just north of Minneapolis, MN.  She leads a diverse team of caring individuals who work with the residents of the shelter as they strive toward self-sufficiency.  One of the amazing things that sets Stepping Stone apart from other shelters is that it's not just an overnight shelter.  Stepping Stone is a place where people experiencing homelessness can live and set up residence as they strive toward self-sufficiency- in fact, that's the mission! Some may not know that I am also the Development Officer at Stepping Stone Emergency Housing and I help create awareness and raise funds so we can better serve our residents, the community and the world at large.  I started this new adventure back in February of this year and I can tell you it's been transformative.  Apart from this podcast, working for this non-profit has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Recently we've experienced a tragic situation here in Minneapolis, brought on by the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.  The subsequent protests and riots have given way to new conversations concerning race, what it's like to be a person of color in this country and how we can all do better when it comes to race relations. I don't have all the answers and I haven't talked with anyone yet, who does.  What I am learning is that conversations can start moving people. Kind, caring and loving conversations have the power to influence change.  We won't always agree, but we can definitely always try to understand the viewpoints, thoughts and beliefs of others.  We can come to an understanding that our views of the world are different based on our own lived experiences and with this insight can act more compassionately toward our fellow human beings. The conversation in this podcast came about on the heels of a Staff Meeting, which Julie held, to have a conversation on race.  The staff and residents of Stepping Stone are unique and diversified.  They come from different areas, different religions, different races and ethnicities. Different circumstances in their lives.  Julie simply wanted to give everyone a chance to talk about this topic in a safe and loving environment. We got together just after the meeting and talked about its impact on us and the other staff members.  It's this type of courageous conversation that I believe is going to help be a part of the change we need to see in the world. Julie and I don't have all the answers and we present things from our own unique perspectives.  You may not agree with everything we say, and that's ok.  I'd love to continue the conversation with you and the perfect place to do that is in the #LITA Facebook Group, an online community of people who want to create a more loving world for everyone.  Please leave a review for this podcast.  Let me know what you like and what you don't like so we can make this podcast even better and build a wonderful community around love.  Make sure you share this on social media and with all your friends.  The more people who get involved in the conversation, the better the conversation will be, so please share! If you have a guest recommendation or would like to be a guest yourself, fill out the contact form on the #LITA website.
June 17, 2020
Episode 3: Why I Started the #LITA Movement and Podcast
Today’s episode I explain what led me to starting the #LITA Podcast and movement.  This movement has been germinating in me for some time and the death of our 17-year-old son, Waylon, last November is when I first began saying and using the hashtag, Love Is the Answer and LITA. This came into my vocabulary as I was preparing to deliver Waylon’s eulogy. I knew I’d be speaking to three or four hundred of Waylon’s high school classmates, and I wanted to impress on them how many of these tragedies could be avoided if we all practiced loving on another. This episode is about my journey and what led me to the place where I knew that love is the answer. I have been discovering the amazing power of love over the past several years because I haven’t always believed this myself. My journey has taken me on several twists and turns, but has ultimately led me to the incredible truth behind the words “Love Is the Answer.” You’ll hear about this journey and how the struggles of being a business owner brought me to a moment of surrender. How being on a path of personal growth and development has opened doors for me I never imagined possible. In short, you’ll gain an understanding of how and why I came to the conclusion that love really is the answer for all our problems. I’m excited to share my story with you and I’d love to hear your stories too! If you have comments or would like to discuss any of what I talk about, please leave me a message and connect with me on Facebook. Let’s continue a conversation that helps us all grow! You can also check out all the latest on the #LITA website at I’d also appreciate it if you leave a review to help make the #LITA podcast even better and more valuable to you and other listeners.
June 15, 2020
Episode 2: Kat Perkins on Love, Race, Perseverance, Art & More!
Welcome to LITA and our second episode of Love is the Answer! Thank you for joining me, my name is Jeff Conner and I just love talking to people about love. I’m an author, entrepreneur, speaker and business coach and I’ve found my greatest successes come when I help other people get what they want. You may recognize my guest today from the hit television show, The Voice. Kat Perkins grew up in Scranton, North Dakota surrounded by a family of musicians and quickly knew at a young age that performing is what she wanted to make her life career. She moved to the Minneapolis area to further pursue music and ended up gaining success with her band, Scarlet Haze where she opened for Bon Jovi. However, like all of us, Kat had her struggles. She had vocal cord surgery which threatened her musical career. However, after a three year hiatus from performing, she made her comeback on NBC’s The Voice where she became a finalist under coach, Adam Levine. Kat has gone on to Chart in the top 5 on iTunes several times since The Voice and she is using her platform to help others. Kat really puts LITA into action through school speaking engagements, across the nation, where she speaks to students about pursuing their dreams and living a fearless life. She has also started a non-profit foundation called The Rising Star Foundation, providing scholarships and opportunity for aspiring musicians while also giving back to the local community. I found Kat to be full of energy and a vigor for life. It as obvious to me in the first few minutes how much Kat nails the idea of LITA. During our conversation, Kat and I covered a lot of ground! We discuss love, race, education, and art and how our response to each of these will impact the world around us. So, Please, sit back, relax and enjoy listening in on the fantastic conversation that follows… Show Notes Kat Perkin's Official Website Link to the video of Kat's new single, Shine, dedicated to the class of 2020:  Listen to Shine #LITA Website
June 11, 2020
Episode 1: Von-Shan Billingsly Discussion on Race
My guest today was amazing to talk with! I want to introduce Vonshan Billingsly. Vonshan is a black American. A father, husband, brother, son and friend. He is also a recovering addict. He and his wife, Nicole (also a recovering addict), own and operate Nivon Wellness Center, The Center for Healing. They have both been clean for 8 years and Nicole is about to earn her doctorate degree! They help treat folks with substance abuse and mental health issues at their two locations in the St. Paul area in Minnesota. You’re about to hear a conversation I had with Vonshan concering the racial divide we are seeing in the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a police officer here in Minneapolis. Vonshan and I wanted to have a real and open conversation about race and racism. What follows is an extraordinary civil discourse between two men. One who happens to be black and one who happens to be white. You’re in for a real growth experience and to be clear, we’re only scratching the surface. There’s much to be done, but to Vonshan and me, conversations like this seem to be the best place to start. So, without further delay, listen in to this fascinating conversation with Vonshan. Show Notes: If you or someone you know is experiencing problems related to substance abuse and/or mental health, please reach out to Nivon Wellness Center.  Nivon Wellness Center Website #LITA Official Website
June 07, 2020